Thursday, July 7, 2011

Facebook unveils Skype video calling

Palo Alto (California): Facebook added Skype video calling today for the hundreds of millions of users of the world's leading social network.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new video calling feature during an event at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto.

"We think this is awesome because we're using the best technology that's out there for doing video chat with the best social infrastructure that's out there," Zuckerberg said.

The Skype feature came with an improved group chat feature which allows for a multi-person conversation and had a simple camera icon that could be clicked for instant one-on-one video calls with friends.

Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook now has more than 750 million users.

The Facebook-Skype partnership debuted as Zuckerberg playfully proclaimed the start of a "launch season 2011."

"We've been cranking on projects the past six months and have a lot of fun stuff to roll out," Zuckerberg said.

He portrayed online social networking as being at an inflection point where its momentum is unstoppable and said now Facebook's focus is on fun or functional software applications that can be built on its platform.

"There is this clear arc where the world generally believes (social networking) is going to be everywhere," Zuckerberg said. "In a matter of time it will be billions, whether it is us or somebody else doing it."

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