Facebook’s 750 million users will now be able to chat live via video after the social networking site recently announced its partnership with telephony company Skype.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the integration of Skype into Facebook will allow people to video chat at the click of a button. Zuckerberg added that he wants Facebook to be the “social infrastructure” on which other companies like Skype build their products.
The partnership will no doubt increase Skype’s current base of 170 million users and will strengthen Facebook against its technology rival Google. Google recently launched a similar product, Google + social network, which offers group-video-chat-service, Google Hangouts.
The move also increases Microsoft’s $240 million (approximately R1613 million) interest in Facebook as it recently bought Skype for $8.5 billion (approximately R57 billion).
Facebook users who frequently make use of the instant chat will get a prompt to try out the video calling.