Skype just announced the beta availability of version 2.5 and you can see some social networking aspects at play here. Skypecasts are introduced and appear to be public conference calls about a mutual topic for you and up to 99 of the best friends you’ll never meet; there’s even a directory of Skypecasts so you can search for conversations on your favorite topic. Additional enhancements include the sending of SMS messages via SkypeOut, integrated payment functionality directly in the Skype client, and UI enhancements for easier dialing.
Skype is actually one of my most used apps on the desktop, the Tablet PC and even my Windows Mobile phone; it’s great to see additional functionality extend the client even further.
(via VoIP Blog)