Facebook announced today that the company will launch group chat, video calling with Skype and a redesigned chat side bar to make communication on Facebook easy and powerful. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new features at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Skype video chat will be fully embedded into the Facebook ecosystem with an extension that is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Essentially, video chat within Facebook is two clicks away.
“Now, Skype is obviously a part of Microsoft, and we have a very longstanding relationship with Microsoft,” Zuckerberg said. “I wouldn’t under-sell what we have today. The vast majority of video chat is one-on-one chat, and this is going to be something that is rolled out to everybody immediately and can be viewed through the Web. I just think that this is super-awesome. We are really excited by the product that we built.”
Facebook also rolled out a group chat feature. It is a way for people in Facebook Groups to chat with each other or for individual users to add multiple people to a chat.
From the facebook blog
For those of us who have been working on this, it’s particularly exciting to bring video calling to over 750 million people. We’re making this available in over 70 different languages, so friends can stay in touch all over the world.
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