Facebook announce Skype-powered video chat

The rumours circling around this week about the possibility of Skype powered Facebook video chat were confirmed today when CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature along with Group chat and a new chat design.

The announcement opened up with Zuckerberg bringing our attention to the sharing statistics of Facebook, which appear to be doubling each year. Additionally he added that a total of four billion individual pieces of information are shared every day.

The video chat capability works by a plugin in the browser, which downloads when the user attempts to make a video call. The setup time is said to take 10-20 seconds, depending on the users Internet speed and takes a total of two clicks to go from IM chat to video chat. The UI of the feature follows the design of Facebook – very minimalist and despite being powered by Skype, doesn’t feel like a Skype invention.

With group chat also being launched today, Zuckerberg was asked whether there was a group chat feature integrated with the video calling, however he noted that unfortunately it wouldn’t be rolled out with such a feature, although may be something that is released on a later date.

One may ask what is in it for Skype and when Skype CEO Tony Bates was quizzed about how the company was going to profit from the partnership, he responded that a long with giving Skype a reach to 750 million users, there could be a future in Skype paid products on Facebook.

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OK what the hell?

Before even the article staying the rumor about video chat came out, I pointed out that it might be video chat and it is a logical next step. And not in this one, not in the "Rumor: " article, nor the original one, do I get one bit of credit.

You should be proud that one of your members actually guess it correctly instead of just reporting it.

That would explain what that new sidebar was that I had activated for a short time a couple days ago was all about. Cool news!

No group video chat? Someone isn't taking google+ seriously. This is a welcome addition, but it's kind of whatever.

Kreuger said,
Not cross plaform is major fail. Cmon Skype itself is cross platform, why can't the plugin be as well

So they should have delayed releasing the feature because it takes longer to develop and implement codecs and network stack code on other OSes?

Kreuger said,
Not cross plaform is major fail. Cmon Skype itself is cross platform, why can't the plugin be as well

they needed to rush this feature before G+ gets open for everyone.

Tola1005 said,
does it work with facetime <i mean facepalm>? if not, then i see FAIL written all over this. /s

People actually use facetime?

shockz said,

People actually use facetime?

Facetime is perfect for when you're traveling and want to talk to your family. I just wish it worked with Windows.

Tola1005 said,
does it work with facetime <i mean facepalm>? if not, then i see FAIL written all over this. /s

Facetime, so one apple can talk to another. It's awesome if you like to segregate your friends based on who uses apple and who doesn't, or you can just use a cross platform solution instead.

Enron said,

Facetime, so one apple can talk to another. It's awesome if you like to segregate your friends based on who uses apple and who doesn't, or you can just use a cross platform solution instead.

Ever hear of Blackberry Messenger?

Tola1005 said,
does it work with facetime <i mean facepalm>? if not, then i see FAIL written all over this. /s

Ok, there are a lot of voice/video chat solutions it is not integrated with, and you are making an example out of one the least used? Really? I bet even you can find 3 or 4 other video/voice messaging programs that are more important that would be a good argument for it be integrated.

Tola1005 said,
does it work with facetime <i mean facepalm>? if not, then i see FAIL written all over this. /s

Facetime is great, but if you want a cross-platform, that supports 3G as well, try Tango.

Didn't they say they weren't gonna do one because the iPad is not a mobile device?
Did they ever change that and say they were going to? I am actually asking here...

SHoTTa35 said,
Didn't they say they weren't gonna do one because the iPad is not a mobile device?
Did they ever change that and say they were going to? I am actually asking here...
There were rumours that they had one in the works, but nothing "official" has been stated about it.

oceanmotion said,
Could they not develop something slicker than a plugin to download and install.

Yeah seems rushed, but I will await the feature and look for myself!

oceanmotion said,
I dunno, how does Google manage it in the browser ?

They make the browser and include the plugin from the get go

oceanmotion said,
Could they not develop something slicker than a plugin to download and install.

Ya, as soon as the HTML5 Capture API gets proper and full support in browsers. Until then, no. They have to use a plug-in, Silverlight, or Flash...

Almost all browsers are implementing the Capture API in their next releases, with some limited support now.

YounGMessiah said,

It is a bit funny as well because Microsoft owns Skype..

Guess you can say Microsoft owns (part) of Facebook too as they invested 240 million back in 2007.

ShareShiz said,
facebook got butthurt over google+ so they had to launch this

Im sure Facebook has been working on this for some time before the Google+ launch.

ShareShiz said,
facebook got butthurt over google+ so they had to launch this

Yes, because this level of integration with an external service just happen in a week since g+ showed up. /s

GP007 said,

Yes, because this level of integration with an external service just happen in a week since g+ showed up. /s

Of course it does, Skype and Facebook have magical pixies working for them! In fact, what took them so long? /s

Doli said,

Im sure Facebook has been working on this for some time before the Google+ launch.

Im sure Google has been working on Google+ for some time before Facebook started working on this. Not that it matters, of course.

MS Lose32 said,
Im sure Google has been working on Google+ for some time before Facebook started working on this. Not that it matters, of course.

Well yea but I was talking about the Google+ launch as in the day the invites were opened to the public.

MS Lose32 said,
Im sure Google has been working on Google+ for some time before Facebook started working on this. Not that it matters, of course.

Of course it matters, or you would have left it unsaid...

Well I guess everyone was expected that. Glad it's here though - I hate flash webcam stuff. Skype sucks power like a vampire too so I guess it's no major plus there either