There have been rumors surrounding new services coming to Facebook for a while with Spotify part of the rumors. Now today we have confirmation of one new service as Facebook now let’s friends chat via its Skype video service.
Beginning now the service will let Facebook friends around the world communicate via video chat. The announcement was broadcast live via its Palo Alto, California headquarters today according to Jameson Berkow of the Edmonton Journal. The service is based on the Skype technology now owned by Microsoft.
Users will able to have the usual person to person video chat, and also will have support for multi-person chats. Facebook engineer Phillip Su said “A few months ago, we started working with Skype to bring video calling to Facebook”. He added “We built it right into chat, so all your conversations start from the same place.”
The video chat service has started rolling out in seventy different languages to all of the social networking sites users. This is thought to take a few weeks, and when available users can start a video chat by clicking the video call button which will be found at the top of any Facebook Chat window.
The Facebook Chat interface has been redesigned to allow for video calling, and now includes a sidebar which shows each user their most frequent calling friends. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said last week that it would be unveiling something special this week.
Microsoft snapped up Skype earlier this year in an $8.5billion deal, and at the time Facebook was also rumored to be looking to purchase the company. The launch of the service comes as the rival Hangouts video calling of Google+ becomes available. Those who have been luckily enough to get an invite to Google+ have said the Hangouts feature is pretty impressive.
Google’s latest attempt to take on Facebook has been well received so far, and looks to be more of a success than Google Buzz. Facebook Engineer Mr. Su is to make the first Facebook video call to his parents, which will then lead to millions more as it becomes available around the world.
Despite the publicity recently of Facebook losing users in certain areas, overall the social networking site continues to grow at a rapid rate.
Are you looking forward to use the new Facebook video chat service?