Rumor: Facebook and Skype to team up for in-browser video chat?

Earlier this week it was reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to reveal something "awesome" that will launch from the social networking service sometime next week. Now, TechCrunch is reporting via unnamed sources that the mystery launch will in fact be a new web browser based video chat system that Facebook has been working for some time with Skype. The official press invite for the launch product shows some kind of chat icons which seem to confirm that there will be some sort of chat feature for this product launch.

While details are scarce, the TechCrunch story claims that the Facebook-Skype project will have some sort of desktop component. However, it's not clear if the product will need additional an additional software download. Skype currently has "just" 170 million registered users while Facebook has over 750 million users. Skype could increase its user registrations significantly if this joint project with Facebook turns out to be true.

Many users have been awaiting a number of rumored projects from Facebook. The projects include a photo sharing app for the iPhone to a Facebook app made especially for the iPad. There's also the rumored "Project Spartan", an HTML5-based app store that is supposedly being developed as a kind of alternative to Apple's App Store.

Meanwhile, we are still awaiting the official word from Microsoft that its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype has finally closed. Microsoft has pledged to continue to develop Skype for other platforms.

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Mr Nom Nom's said,
This probably explains the justification for the price which many analysts claimed was too much.

Analysts tend to have a narrow view when it comes to technolgy. MS paid for the brand name and the fact that unifide communications is the future. Skype is the brand that will connect all the MS stuff and, if this is true, FB, XBox, WP and so on together. Why jump between 3 different things or more if you don't have to?

I mean right now I have people I chat with on IRC, FB, and WLM. I know there's others who have AIM, ICQ, yahoo and so on. But IM services aside skype can connect devices as well, that's the big thing.

GP007 said,

Analysts tend to have a narrow view when it comes to technolgy. MS paid for the brand name and the fact that unifide communications is the future. Skype is the brand that will connect all the MS stuff and, if this is true, FB, XBox, WP and so on together. Why jump between 3 different things or more if you don't have to?

I mean right now I have people I chat with on IRC, FB, and WLM. I know there's others who have AIM, ICQ, yahoo and so on. But IM services aside skype can connect devices as well, that's the big thing.


Anooxy said,
Next: Microsoft buys Facebook.

I don't see why not, they have the cash to, would be a massive move for the company to take it on though.. Nice idea though

Was facebook developing a new right side-bar that stays there wherever you navigate, because I have one now and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Top half is realtime friend updates and the bottom half is chat (with what looks like friends I chat with a lot).

Its called a list, and it looks like its replacing chat as we know it.

spenser.d said,
Was facebook developing a new right side-bar that stays there wherever you navigate, because I have one now and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Top half is realtime friend updates and the bottom half is chat (with what looks like friends I chat with a lot).

Its called a list, and it looks like its replacing chat as we know it.

Got a screenshot maybe?

GP007 said,

Got a screenshot maybe?

I would. Got a popup message saying I don't have permission and then it reverted back to the regular chat, lol.

spenser.d said,

I would. Got a popup message saying I don't have permission and then it reverted back to the regular chat, lol.

Yeah - sure it did... o.O

So this is why MS stock has been going up...

Skype prospects are getting bigger and bigger each and every day..

Imagine that huh. Over 9Billion in revs in 2015 from skype itself.

auziez said,
So this is why MS stock has been going up...

Skype prospects are getting bigger and bigger each and every day..

Imagine that huh. Over 9Billion in revs in 2015 from skype itself.

Revenue is great, but if costs are rising just as fast its not a great situation.

thealexweb said,

Revenue is great, but if costs are rising just as fast its not a great situation.

Skype, due to the nature of it's service, has no growing costs outside of developing the apps which is nothing. Skype is P2P and thus doesn't use or need a server backend for the most part, compared to something like WLM which has a server in the middle. This doesn't build bandwidth or datacenter costs for Skype compared to other services and so on. In the end I figure most of that revenue will be profit, just gotta wait to find out what the margins are.

Microsoft Skype is going to be humongous.
WebOS
Android
iOS
WP7
Windows
Mac
PS Vita
Facebook
Xbox
Windows 8
Comcast
And the list goes on...

FMH said,
Microsoft Skype is going to be humongous.
WebOS
Android
iOS
WP7
Windows
Mac
PS Vita
Facebook
Xbox
Windows 8
Comcast
And the list goes on...
What he said

day2die said,
The topic should be "Facebook and Microsoft to team up for in-browser video chat?"
Yes, if this news was a few months later.

day2die said,
The topic should be "Facebook and Microsoft to team up for in-browser video chat?"

Not really... Skype and Facebook are still their own entities. (Microsoft owns a portion of Facebook and a much larger portion (as in control) of Skype)

Microsoft is not one to reinvent the wheel if someone else is doing a good job of making one. Facebook beat out MSN Groups and other social networking sites, so intead of doing what Google is trying 'again' to defeat Facebook, Microsoft aligned with them, gave them money for doing good work, and then slowly flipped all the Microsoft social networking over to Facebook.

Microsoft owns Skype, but not for the technology, but for doing what Skype does well, and that is establish contracts and partnerships for Voice/Video messaging. Microsoft Meeting and Messenger have been doing this for over 10 years, yet because of being 'Microsoft' they were never able to get good teleco and ISP contracts that Skype has (i.e. Verizon)