Facebook gets video calling, powered by Skype

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, watches a demonstration of Video Chat during an announcement at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
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As rumored and anticipated, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announced video calling, powered by Skype. The company also revealed other chat improvements, including an option to see the friends you message most and group chat, plus confirmed that it now has 750 million users.

While Facebook admitted that video chat has been around for years now, the company emphasized that it's still not an everyday activity for most people. Sometimes it's too difficult to set up, or the friends you want to talk to are on different services. As a result, a few months ago Facebook started working with Skype to bring video calling to the social network.

The video functionality has been built it right into Facebook Chat, so all your conversations start from the same place. To call your friend, just click the video call button at the top of your chat window. Facebook's announcement came quick on the heels of Google's launch of its latest social-networking venture, dubbed Google+. In Google's service, as many as 10 people can participate in videoconferencing. The feature introduced by Facebook will be limited to one-to-one video chat, at least for now.

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