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Skype 6.0, Facebook integration and all, makes way to Mac, Windows

The company’s updated software also includes Microsoft sign-in integration.

Just days before its app launches with Windows 8, Skype announced today that it has updated its current desktop program for Windows and Mac.

Dubbed Skype 6.0, the application now includes support for signing into the service with a Microsoft or Facebook account, effectively eliminating the requirement for new users to create a Skype account. In addition, users will be able to instant message with contacts from Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com.

Skype’s update is the byproduct of the voice over Internet protocol provider’s increasing integration with Microsoft products. Microsoft acquired Skype last year for $8.5 billion. At that time, the software giant said that it was planning to integrate Skype into its many products.

One of those many products is Windows 8. Earlier this week, Skype introduced a revamped version of its software for Windows 8 users. The app is designed to mimic the look and feel of Microsoft’s operating system, which is launching on Friday, and offers everything from instant messaging to audio and video chatting.

Until then, Skype 6.0 is ready and waiting. Aside from the aforementioned improvements, Skype says that it has increased its Windows client’s language support with six more languages. The Windows client also comes with an interface refresh. On the Mac side, Skype will allow users to open chats in multiple windows. The software also now includes support for Apple’s Retina display.

Skype 6.0 for Desktop is available now.

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