Today Microsoft released a new version Skype 5.8 for windows platform , the latest update to the popular VoIP brings new full HD video calling option, Facebook integration and Group Screen Sharing. So if you have full HD webcam such as Logitech c920 and good internet connection(at least 2 Mbps), you can video call at (1080p )full HD quality and the screen sharing feature will be suitable for businesses, where a user can share his screen to give a presentation to as many as 10 people.
Also group sharing feature allows users to share photos with a group of friends, Group screen sharing allows users to share their entire screen or a single application window with other participants on a conference call while continuing to stream video.
To start a group screen share, choose the + menu during a call and select “share my screen.” Group screen sharing is available with Skype Premium, which also includes Group video calling and live chat customer support.
Next prominent feature Facebook integration allows users to make video calls with their friends on Facebook, even if they aren’t Skype users. To start a video call with a Facebook friend, select the person in your list and click “video call.”
New Features and improvements in Skype 5.8 are:
- Full HD video-calling
- Support for Facebook audio and video-calling (beta)
- Group screen sharing
- Hide offline Facebook contacts
- Push to Talk
- Skype updater service
- Bing Toolbar integration
Also this update brings “Push to Talk” feature to Skype, which allows users to set a hotkey to toggle microphone muting on a Skype call. You can set the “Push to Talk” up on the hotkey’s selection under tools > options > advanced > hotkeys.
Download : Skype 5.8 for Windows [online Installer]
Download : Skype v188.8.131.529 (20 MB) [offline installer]