Skype and Facebook Join
FACEBOOK and Skype are now joining forces. Soon you will be able video call right within your facebook browser window. This happened just a little bit after Google announced “Google Plus”
Just as Google’s next big thing ‘Google Plus’ is all set to launch, Facebook and Skype are about to strike a deal that would bring the video chatting service to the social networking site. With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promising an “awesome” new feature on July 6, Skype, which was recently purchased by Microsoft for a whopping USD 8.5 billion, could become a fixture on the world’s largest social network. The beta version of Google’s social network, Google Plus, debuted last week to rave reviews, especially for its +Hangouts feature that allows for multi-user video chat.
The new collaboration – which positions Facebook more closely with shareholder Microsoft, who is finalizing an $8.5 billion aquisition of Skype – would reportedly see “deep integration” between the two services. Citing an insider source, Techcrunch announced the news, describing the powered-by-Skype Facebook video chat:
“The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to be downloaded even if the user already uses Skype. But it’s clear that there’s very deep integration between the products, and from the user’s perspective, the product will be an in browser experience.”
Official word will come on Wednesday, with Facebook holding an event at its Palo Alto headquarters.
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