Skype 5.5 Beta for Windows with Facebook Integration - Skype Sheds Executives

Skype for Windows 5.5 beta is released, and the new version now includes support for Facebook Chat, allowing users to instant message Facebook friends directly from Skype.The beta also includes a Skype contact tab dedicated to Facebook friends, and a new call control toolbar. The company hasn't said when the final version will be released, […]

Skype for Windows 5.5 beta is released, and the new version now includes support for Facebook Chat, allowing users to instant message Facebook friends directly from Skype.

The beta also includes a Skype contact tab dedicated to Facebook friends, and a new call control toolbar. The company hasn't said when the final version will be released, but the beta is available as a free download.

In a news related to Skype, the company is staging a major top-level management shake up at the internet calling service, in preparation of Microsoft buying the company for $8.5 billion.

Eight senior executives have left or are leaving Skype, according to reports.

Those executives include vice presidents David Gurle, Christopher Dean, Russ Shaw and Don Albert, as well as four other executives, including Skype's chief marketing officer and HR manager.

Howerver, the Skype CEO Tony Bates is staying on, as Microsoft earlier said.

TechCrunch reports that the decision to remove the executives were part of CEO Tony Bates' plan to overhaul his management team.

Don Albert, Skype's former VP and GM of the Americas and Advertising, updated his LinkedIn profile to reflect his departure from Skype:

Built and managed a great team that was responsible for building Skype's business in the Americas region, and for launching multiple new advertising revenue streams globally.

Albert said he was one of Skype's longest-serving executives, having moved to Skype shortly after eBay acquired the company in 2005.

You can download the Skype 5.5 beta here.