Facebook Announces Skype Integration for Video Calling

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Facebook announced today that it has integrated Skype into the Facebook framework, to allow users to make video calls right from Facebook. The announcement took place days after Google soft-launched the new Google social network, Google+, which also includes a video chat feature in the form of G+ Hangouts.

Once you have enabled Skype from Facebook, you will be able to instantly video chat with other users – Facebook friends – who have also enabled it. How will you know? You’ll see a “Call” button in between the “Message” and “Poke” buttons:

facebook-skype-click-to-call

And if you click to call, and they don’t answer, you can also leave a video message.

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Facebook Announces Skype Integration for Video Calling

Skype is the subject of a deal to be acquired by Microsoft which, although not yet finalized, was announced earlier this year. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, in announcing the new Skype-Facebook service, said to the Skype folks present, “Now that you guys are owned by Microsoft, that gives us a sense of stability that you’re going to be with a company that we can trust.”

 

Take that for whatever it’s worth.

To see a list of your friends who have Skype video calling set up on Facebook, jjust go here and click on “Get started”.

 

skype-facebook-list-of-friends

 

Or you can simply trip through your friends looking for that “Call” button.

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Facebook Announces Skype Integration for Video Calling

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  2. Is there anything Facebook doesn’t want to get their mitts on? It’s bad enough Skype is selling out to Microsoft but for Facebook to imply Skype isn’t reliable is downright nasty. I’ve used Skype for a long time and have found it to be more reliable than either Yahoo or Microsoft and Facebook is a nightmare of anti-privacy. I will certainly make sure mine is not linked.

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