Facebook Announces New Skype Video Chat Feature


Earlier today, at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, Facebook announced a partnership with Skype that will integrate video chat into the social networking site. The news comes a week after Google rolled out its own social networking project, Google Plus.

Last year, Skype allowed its users to connect with Facebook users via Skype and even get news feeds. The partnership grew last month when Skype added a Facebook contacts tab, permitting Skype users to send instant messages to their Facebook friends and comment on their status—all without leaving the Skype window.

In 2007, Microsoft invested in Facebook, and two months ago they acquired Skype for $8.5 billion, securing a chunk of the online communications market.

Facebook now has 750 million users worldwide.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, and Skype CEO Tony Bates, left, are all smiles at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SOURCE: The NY Times

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