Thursday, September 30, 2010

Facebook may offer video chats through Skype

Computerworld -(Sharon Gaudin - Sep 29) Facebook is trying to work out a deal to integrate Skype's Internet phone service into the social network's site, according to reports.

The deal, which is expected to be announced in the next few weeks, would enable Facebook users to have voice and video chats with their Facebook friends using Skype services, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report cited unnamed sources.

Neither Facebook nor Skype would comment on the reports.

"I like this move for both companies," said Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group. "Facebook is all about communicating with friends, but they've fallen behind other services, like Google and Yahoo, when it comes to things like audio and video chat. Skype is a mature and fully featured service that can give Facebook even more functionality than their competitors."

If the rumored move comes to fruition, Facebook would be firing back at Google, which announced last month that it would offer the ability to make phone calls over the Internet via its popular Gmail service.

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