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Facebook teams up with Skype to deliver video calling

Posted on Thursday, July 07 2011 @ 23:38:48 CEST by


TechCrunch reports Facebook has rolled out a new video calling feature that uses Skype's technology. The social networking site claims the new functionality will enable users to video chat with friends with a very minimal amount of setup (no Skype account required, you just have to install an applet).
It’s a feature that’s been rumored for quite a while, and it’s one that Facebook is putting a lot of weight behind. Now, whenever you browse to a friend’s profile, you’ll see a new button nestled between the ‘Message’ and ‘Poke’ buttons that says ‘Call’. Click that, the other user will see a popup asking if they want to accept a call, and you’ll be immediately connected (you’ll need to install a small plugin the first time you use the service).

You’ll also see video calling integrated into Facebook’s Chat product. Really, you can’t miss it — Facebook is launching a new chat sidebar today that by default it takes the entire right side of the screen, and the first time you click on any user you’ll see a prompt asking if you’d like to make your first video call. If you try to initiate a video call and the other user doesn’t respond, you’ll be prompted to send them a video message.



 



 

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