Facebook picks up Skype for video calls
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announced three new features to be introduced in the social network (group chat, new chat design and video calls). The most interesting of the lot is video calling that uses Skype’s technology.
The move is pretty obvious, I guess, considering Microsoft recently bought Skype and Facebook is partly owned by Microsoft too*.
Skype is tapping into a vast number of people now that it will be integrated with Facebook and though there is the danger (business-wise) that people already using Skype might skip the software and just use the FB App to do video calls. At the same time, this will also help Skype get more users to eventually pay for Skype Out. FB’s new video call is basically an in-house Skype FB applet.
* Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook at 1.6% share (2007).
* Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is not yet final, pending approval.