Facebook chat with Skype

Skype today released a new beta – Skype 5.5 – and a good thing about the new version is that it doubles as a Facebook Chat client.

Simply connect your Facebook account with Skype – you can do this from within the Skype desktop software itself – and it will then show you a list of all your Facebook friends in a new “Facebook” tab. If a friend is online, click her name and choose “send an IM” to start a Facebook chat session.

You no longer have to keep switching to the Facebook tab to see if a friend is online or if he or she has responded to your message – the notification now appear in the system try. And Facebook chat with Skype supports smileys (emoticons) too.

If you have been looking for a way to chat with your Facebook friends outside the browser, Skype is quite good an option. The chat feature is however only available in the Windows version of Skype at this tiem.

Related: See alternative clients for Facebook chat (including Firefox Sidebar)