Facebook Launches Skype Video Calling

As had been widely predicted, Skype and Facebook have extended their partnership to enable Facebook users to video chat with each other, via Skype, on Facebook.

In a blog post, Skype’s vice president and general manager for consumer, Neil Stevens, says the move represents Skype’s “first big step on the web”, adding that it makes fantastic business sense for Skype, giving the firm an “unprecedented opportunity” to offer Skype’s voice and video calling products to more than 750m  active users on Facebook. The 750m user number was revealed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg during a launch event at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto.

To use the service, your Facebook Chat status needs to be set to ‘Online’. You can initiate a Facebook video call from the Chat box, or click on your friend’s Profile and if they are online, a ‘Call’ button will appear at the top right of their Profile page. If your friend does not answer, you can leave them a video message. The recorded video message will be waiting in your friend’s Inbox the next time they check their messages. Alternatively, if your Facebook friend is also a real friend, you can send them a text (or IM them via Skype), and arrange to meet them for real in the pub.