Zuckerberg Announces Skype Integration

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spoke at a Facebook conference in California on Wednesday, announcing the social site’s integration with video and voice networking service Skype.

A post by Skype on the site’s blog concerning the matter reads, “Together, we’ve collaborated to create a great user experience — with Skype providing an optimized version of its software and Facebook embedding the Skype calling experience deeply into their site, allowing Facebook users to enjoy the many benefits of video calling.”

The new feature functions by displaying a button within Facebook’s chat box. Users are then able to request video chat session with friends who appear online.

During the conference, Zuckerberg also discussed a new feature that allows users to chat in groups.

Most recently, Skype announced that version 5.3 allows users to view their Facebook news feeds within the platform. Other features in 5.3 let the user perform such Facebook actions including likes, comments, and calls.

Microsoft announced plans to buy Skype in May for eight and a half billion dollars.

For more information on the new feature, visit: http://blogs.skype.com/en/2011/07/facebook_video_chat.html