Skype 5.5 beta for Windows has gone live, bringing with it yet more Facebook integration - this time with the inclusion of instant messaging.

Facebook Chat is now available from within the Skype client, you can use the new Facebook contacts tab on Skype to see when your Facebook buddies are online and then chat away without even to have to fire up your browser.

The changes were added as a result of "user feedback" following the Skype 5.0 launch back in October. It's nice to know that Skype is listening to the user. We're hoping it will soon respond to our feedback request of "stop bloody crashing!".

As well as the new Facebook fun (which extends to a new "Like" option), Skype 5.5 beta also adds a new control toolbar, improvements to the saving of a phone number in the "Call Phones" section and visual improvements to placing a call on hold.

It's available now - and is free.