Facebook video chat now comes baked into the social network. The announcement means that chatting "face-to-face" is now only a few clicks away.
It’s a simple formula: the world's largest social network, plus the world's largest video-chat system, equals the world’s easiest one-click way to instantly see your friends.
The Facebook video chat announcement means that its 750 million users will be able to talk with any of their online friends thanks to a new partnership with Skype, which could soon be a part of Microsoft.
“It’s so minimal and so easy to use, I just think a lot of people are going to want to use it,” says Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.
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After about six months of planning with Skype, Zuckerberg announced the new video-calling feature of Facebook chat at a press conference Wednesday with Tony Bates, CEO of Skype, and other Facebook employees at their headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. The announcement confirmed one of the many rumors that had been floating around in recent weeks about a new feature that Zuckerberg deemed “awesome.”