Skype for Windows 5.11 beta released: Messenger, Facebook integration

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted September 13, 2012 27 comments

skypeA new beta version of Skype for Windows has been released today, according to a blog post on the Skype “Garage” blog.  It looks like we’re beginning to see Windows Live Messenger and Skype come together, as the beta has support for sending and receiving messages to WLM, along with the ability to log in with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID):

    • Sharing Instant Messages with friends with Messenger You can now sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID), and see presence as well as send and receive IM messages from your friends who are using Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail or Outlook.com.
    • Improved Facebook integration You can now sign in directly with your Facebook account log in, without needing to first create a Skype account.
    • Support for 6 new languages We are excited to support our growing community around the world with new localized versions of Skype in Thai, Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Catalan and Slovak, bringing the total languages Skype supports to 38.

The new beta version comes with more improvements to clean up the look, make it work better with Facebook and WLM, and offering a way to save telemetry information to help Skype improve the quality of their product:

    • Sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account.You can now sign into Skype directly using a Microsoft or Facebook account, without having to first create a Skype account, making it easier to connect with friends on Skype without needing to setup a new Skype account.
    • Link Microsoft and Facebook accounts to a Skype account. If you sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account you will be offered the option to link your Skype account. If you choose the link option then Skype will display a combined list of friends. This is an area we are still working through so please let us know about your experience.
    • Updated visual design.We have refreshed and flattened the Skype UI with a simpler and less cluttered look.
    • Removal of the online user count.We have removed the online user counter at the bottom of your Skype Contacts list to unclutter the UI and make more space for your friends within the contacts list.
    • Display previously created profile pictures.When you change your profile picture, we will now show you all of your previous Skype profile pictures so you don’t have to look through old files if you want to use a previous image.
    • Improved telemetry.We are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our product. To that end we are adding additional “opt-in” telemetry reports for users who choose this option: “Tools>> Options>>Advanced>>Tick “Help improve Skype…” The reports may contain your Skype ID and or Microsoft Account ID but we will not use it to identify you or contact you.

You can download and install Skype 5.11 beta for Windows here.  Are you using Skype?  Will you consider switching from using Windows Live Messenger to Skype now that you can IM with your Messenger friends?  Do you even use IM anymore?  Let us know in the comments

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 11:21 am
Category: News
Tags: Skype
  • cmwind

    so it seems like Skype is becoming the go to Desktop app… but which apps will be THE app for Metro… “Messaging” (will we see Skype integrated there?) OR “Skype” will we see the same WLM, FB integration on the metro app as we do on the desktop version?and what about Windows Phone… Messaging will still be the de facto app for SMS…
    IMO “Messaging” hubs should die and MS should offer one app “Skype”After all MS (on Windows 8) is not offering a generic “search” hub/app they offer a Bing appthey don’t offer a generic Music, Video, or Game app they offer Xbox branded versions of all of thoseMail can stay generic because the tile and icon customize based off the email services you are using

  • cmwind

    so it seems like Skype is becoming the go to Desktop app… but which apps will be THE app for Metro… “Messaging” (will we see Skype integrated there?) OR “Skype” will we see the same WLM, FB integration on the metro app as we do on the desktop version?and what about Windows Phone… Messaging will still be the de facto app for SMS…
    IMO “Messaging” hubs should die and MS should offer one app “Skype”After all MS (on Windows 8) is not offering a generic “search” hub/app they offer a Bing appthey don’t offer a generic Music, Video, or Game app they offer Xbox branded versions of all of thoseMail can stay generic because the tile and icon customize based off the email services you are using

  • http://twitter.com/gibbyhome Mark Gibbs

    I’m waiting to use Skype with Xbox I use video messenger on the xbox

  • Mark Gibbs

    I’m waiting to use Skype with Xbox I use video messenger on the xbox

  • Bart

    This is for me the best reason to switch from WLM to Skype. Hopefuly we’ll see full video support for WLM conversations.

  • Bart

    This is for me the best reason to switch from WLM to Skype. Hopefuly we’ll see full video support for WLM conversations.

  • Bart

    This is for me the best reason to switch from WLM to Skype. Hopefuly we’ll see full video support for WLM conversations.

  • Simon Johnny

    I’m really struggling with the idea of the product team actually using skype as it is right now. I mean, do they actually use the product they’re making? If you intergrate messenger, skype and facebook you can have the same person listed 3 times in your contact list. Why isn’t there an option to automatically merge (or simply merge) accounts based on their name so we can select how we want to communicate with them.

    “simpler and less cluttered look.” makes me laugh, actuall LOL.

    Along with merging accounts as I’ve said above, they could do with removing all the white boxes with large application form space between them. It looks cluttered with lots of boxes all over the place, flat boxes or embosed, they’re still boxes and boxes and boxes. They are not helping to define any area or group options or activies. they’re boxed in for being boxed in sake. Terrible UI.

  • Simon Johnny

    I’m really struggling with the idea of the product team actually using skype as it is right now. I mean, do they actually use the product they’re making? If you intergrate messenger, skype and facebook you can have the same person listed 3 times in your contact list. Why isn’t there an option to automatically merge (or simply merge) accounts based on their name so we can select how we want to communicate with them. I guess I’m just too used to how its done on Windows Phone :)

    “simpler and less cluttered look.” makes me laugh, actuall LOL.

    Along with merging accounts as I’ve said above, they could do with removing all the white boxes with large application form space between them. It looks cluttered with lots of boxes all over the place, flat boxes or embosed, they’re still boxes and boxes and boxes. They are not helping to define any area or group options or activies. they’re boxed in for being boxed in sake. Terrible UI.

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I’m using it now instead of Windows Live Messenger, but I’m disappointed that there are loads of duplicates in my contact list (1 for Facebook, 1 for Live Messenger and 1 one Skype) and my username is “live:[my name]”, which I would like to change. It also won’t let me sign into Skype on the web with that username – presumably, when it’s out of beta, the web will have an option to sign in with a Microsoft account just like the application. Once that and the duplicates are sorted out, it could be a good Live Messenger replacement. I just hope the upcoming Windows 8/metro/modern/Windows Store (whatever it’ll be called) app will allow signing in with a Microsoft account.

    • Simon Johnny

      have you noticed that when you talk to contacts that aren’t using skype, you have a yellow bar asking you to send them a how to download message? you can’t get rid of it, even if the said contact also has a skype entry on your contacts.. not only that but switching between the same contact across skype, facebook and messenger results in 3 windows being open argggugh.

    • cmwind

      if you go to outlook.com (and then go to “people”) after you’ve signed in to Skype with your MS Account and link Skype to it… you can then link Skype contacts to their Facebook/Outlook/Twitter/LinkedIn/etc. entries… Skype icon shows up on their entry page alongside Facebook, Twitter, and Messenger, etc… perhaps Skype Desktop will catch up in the future

      The most annoying thing about Outlook right now  (to me) other than Calendar being old school is that it automatically gives me a messenger account whether I want to use that or not (don’t since no other friends/family use it)… Skype should be the default IM account for new users… and old users should be able to shed Messenger

      Also Xbox Profiles should act as accounts that can be linked as well (just like Skype, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)

      • Matty3k

        So I logged in to Skype with mt Microsoft ID (Windows Live ID) and linked it to my Skype account. I then logged into outlook.com (and my Skype contacts where all there). I had to manually “link” some of the contacts but for the most part the “clean up duplicate contacts” feature worked. My problem is I am syncing my contacts using exchange and outlook.com is syncing all of my Skyoe contacts as seperate contacts (even though in outlook.com they are linked), end result if I have a contact in outlook.com and Skype I end up with double contacts on my phone now. Plus if the Skype contact has populated their birthday and I have their birthday in outlook.com I have double calendar reminders on my phone.

        Anyone else run into this? Or know of a work around? Or is this just something that might be an issue now but once the new Skype is out of Beta Microsoft will correct?

        • cmwind

          I noticed on my phone today that Skype contacts were showing up as separate entries even though I had already linked them on outlook.com… I don’t have THAT many Skype contacts so I just went ahead and linked them (again) but this time on my phone.. not sure why this is happening but I think the Skype release is definitely a beta in every sense of the word… outlook.com is technically in beta too… Microsoft has a lot of moving cloud pieces right now… once they are all officially rolled out I bet we will see a lot of this type of stuff go away

          • Damaster – LiveSide.net

            Hi cmwind. Do you have a screenshot of Skype contacts showing up in Outlook.com (People)? I’ve linked my Skype and Microsoft accounts but doesn’t seem like they appear on my Outlook.com contact list.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I’m using it now instead of Windows Live Messenger, but I’m disappointed that there are loads of duplicates in my contact list (1 for Facebook, 1 for Live Messenger and 1 one Skype) and my username is “live:[my name]”, which I would like to change. It also won’t let me sign into Skype on the web with that username – presumably, when it’s out of beta, the web will have an option to sign in with a Microsoft account just like the application. Once that and the duplicates are sorted out, it could be a good Live Messenger replacement. I just hope the upcoming Windows 8/metro/modern/Windows Store (whatever it’ll be called) app will allow signing in with a Microsoft account.

    • Simon Johnny

      have you noticed that when you talk to contacts that aren’t using skype, you have a yellow bar asking you to send them a how to download message? you can’t get rid of it, even if the said contact also has a skype entry on your contacts.. not only that but switching between the same contact across skype, facebook and messenger results in 3 windows being open argggugh.

    • cmwind

      if you go to outlook.com (and then go to “people”) after you’ve signed in to Skype with your MS Account and link Skype to it… you can then link Skype contacts to their Facebook/Outlook/Twitter/LinkedIn/etc. entries… Skype icon shows up on their entry page alongside Facebook, Twitter, and Messenger, etc… perhaps Skype Desktop will catch up in the future

      The most annoying thing about Outlook right now  (to me) other than Calendar being old school is that it automatically gives me a messenger account whether I want to use that or not (don’t since no other friends/family use it)… Skype should be the default IM account for new users… and old users should be able to shed Messenger

      Also Xbox Profiles should act as accounts that can be linked as well (just like Skype, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)

      • Matty3k

        So I logged in to Skype with mt Microsoft ID (Windows Live ID) and linked it to my Skype account. I then logged into outlook.com (and my Skype contacts where all there). I had to manually “link” some of the contacts but for the most part the “clean up duplicate contacts” feature worked. My problem is I am syncing my contacts using exchange and outlook.com is syncing all of my Skyoe contacts as seperate contacts (even though in outlook.com they are linked), end result if I have a contact in outlook.com and Skype I end up with double contacts on my phone now. Plus if the Skype contact has populated their birthday and I have their birthday in outlook.com I have double calendar reminders on my phone.

        Anyone else run into this? Or know of a work around? Or is this just something that might be an issue now but once the new Skype is out of Beta Microsoft will correct?

        • cmwind

          I noticed on my phone today that Skype contacts were showing up as separate entries even though I had already linked them on outlook.com… I don’t have THAT many Skype contacts so I just went ahead and linked them (again) but this time on my phone.. not sure why this is happening but I think the Skype release is definitely a beta in every sense of the word… outlook.com is technically in beta too… Microsoft has a lot of moving cloud pieces right now… once they are all officially rolled out I bet we will see a lot of this type of stuff go away

          • damaster

            Hi cmwind. Do you have a screenshot of Skype contacts showing up in Outlook.com (People)? I’ve linked my Skype and Microsoft accounts but doesn’t seem like they appear on my Outlook.com contact list.

  • Byron Adams

    I like the idea of Messenger and Skype merging.  I hope my conversations can all be saved in the Outlook.com folder… that I like. I like it that I can search email and chat conversations from the same place.  I dislike that I have .xml conversation files for messenger and skype doesn’t have a good history either.

    Would like to have a way to import my old conversation into the outlook.com folder for conversations.

  • Byron Adams

    I like the idea of Messenger and Skype merging.  I hope my conversations can all be saved in the Outlook.com folder… that I like. I like it that I can search email and chat conversations from the same place.  I dislike that I have .xml conversation files for messenger and skype doesn’t have a good history either.

    Would like to have a way to import my old conversation into the outlook.com folder for conversations.

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  • Jamie

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