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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Facebook's awesome new feature to be Skype video chat

It seems the "awesome" feature due out this week from Facebook Seattle will be unveiled at a press conference on July 6. The new feature will apparently be an in-browser video and voice chat feature, built in collaboration with Skype, if reports citing insider sources are to be believed. The invite for the conference can be seen below, and certainly, it seems to have something to do with chat.

This is not the first time that Facebook and Skype have partnered, with talks rumoured since last year. All this is made even more interesting by the fact that Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Skype, and that it also happens to be a major stakeholder in Facebook. Seems like a win-win situation.

There will apparently also be a desktop component for the software, based on the number of recent desktop software hires at the Seattle office, something that will probably integrate Facebook into Skype. For now, whether this will be part of Skype, or an added update, is yet to be confirmed. Features such as News Feed, and Phonebook look to be part of the integration.


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