For a while now, Facebook has been plotting the subjugation of the all-conquering kingdom of Google. This morning, the revolution moved one step closer with the announcement that Facebook are moving into the VOIP market by partnering with another major player: Skype.
The partnership was announced today over at All Things Digital website, and what that means is, Skype will begin to integrate Facebook Connect as part of its core functionality. This will give users the ability to text message, voice chat, and even video chat with their Facebook friends from within Skype.
It appears that this integration will be of significant benefit to Skype, as Facebook boast over 500 million users and Skype has only 124 million users. Not only will this give Skype the ability to extend its network to Facebook users, but also give Facebook users a chance to get reacquainted with Skype where in the past they may have neglected the service in favour of the convenience of Facebook’s chat facility.
We’ve been hearing quite a bit on Facebook dipping their toes into the telecommunications arena, especially with the rumoured Facebook phone (which I still think they are working on – didn’t Google at one point deny they were working on a phone?). Really beneficial, though, would be the integration of Skype’s video chat functionality within Facebook itself. That would be a much more beneficial partnership for both parties, and it’s likely that Skype would get even more out of its relationship with the social networking king.
You can expect this update in the next few weeks with the release of Skype 5.0 beta, and you can guarantee we’ll be keeping a close eye on this! It will be interesting to see if this update applies to Skype’s array of mobile apps, and if there will be any Skype integration onto Facebook’s web interface. Only time will tell!
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