Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Facebook Launches Skype-Powered Video Calling
Confirming our report last week, Facebook has just announced a major new feature that it's launching in tandem with Skype: 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.