Friday, July 8, 2011

Facebook and Skype in Tandem

Posted by vonne at 3:58 AM
Confirming the rumors last week, Facebook together with Skype, launches a major feature: video calling.
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.
 Whats nice about this is, we don't need to create a new Skype account just to avail a video call. All we need is to setup the applet that will just take for few seconds and from that we are now ready to use video call anytime. This feature was released a week after the launch of Google+, which also includes a video chat feature called "Hangouts". The edge of Hangouts with FB video chat is that, Hangouts has a group chat but still Facebook doesn't want to take all the features because peer to peer video chat is a vast majority of video calling.

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Location:Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Acquired: May 10, 2011 by Microsoft for $8.5B in Cash
Skype is a peer-to-peer Internet telephony service that is free for Skype-to-Skype calls. The service also allows Skype users to call mobiles and landlines, and vice-versa. Skype has special charge plans for non-Skype-to-Skype calls. Skype is… Learn More

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