Internet phone service Skype said Thursday that it will let users of its
software make video calls to their Facebook friends and receive them,
The free feature, released Thursday in a "beta" test version of
Skype's software for Macs and PCs, expands on an existing partnership
between the companies.
Since July, Facebook has allowed users with webcams on their
computers to make Skype-powered video calls on the social-networking
site. And it had already been possible to chat with your Facebook
friends through Skype's instant-messaging feature, though there wasn't
yet a video component.
Skype lets users make calls, conduct video chats and send instant
messages over the Internet. Its basic services are free, while users pay
for services such as calling regular phones from a computer.