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Facebook To Launch In-Browser Video Chat With Skype 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the let's-call-it-facetime dept.
tekgoblin writes "Facebook will be launching a new in-browser video chat application. 'The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to be downloaded even if the user already uses Skype. But it’s clear that there’s very deep integration between the products, and from the user’s perspective, the product will be an in-browser experience.'"
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Facebook To Launch In-Browser Video Chat With Skype

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  • Oh great. (Score:4, Funny)

    by MrEricSir (398214) on Friday July 01, 2011 @05:53PM (#36637902) Homepage

    Now everyone I Skype is going to automatically know who my friends are, where I went to school, and how many Farmville credits I have.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Moves like this, making their site more clunky are what is going to drive people to Google+. When Facebook started they were lean and mean (at least compared to MySpace). They seem to have forgotten this philosophy of simplicity and are simply trying to cram as many bells and whistles as they can into their site.
      • by DavidD_CA (750156)

        I don't know about that. They've also made great strides in removing clutter from their interface. There are features that only appear when you mouse-over them, "submit" buttons can be turned off, there are fewer page refreshes and "endless scrolling" is enabled on many pages, etc.

        For all that Facebook does, I think it's a pretty simple interface.

  • This is the Hangouts feature in Google+. I expect FB to roll out a "circles" feature any day now.
    • by SOOPRcow (1279010)
      You can already create "friend" groups on facebook. I don't see how they're any different tbh.
    • by ctrimm (1955430)
      There's already a browser extension that allows you to manage your FB lists a la Google+ circles.

      http://lifehacker.com/5817472/circle-hack-displays-your-facebook-friends-in-circles-like-google%252B [lifehacker.com]
    • by cakeslam (1965246)
      It's irrelevant what google+ has right now because the service is not open to the public and doesn't have critical mass yet. What facebook is doing is co-opting every single decent feature google+ has before google has a chance to launch it. By the time google gets their act together and rolls it out to everybody, facebook will have made the whole service moot. And that's a real shame for google. Google should have kept the field trial very small (google employees + family) and then launched it for everyone
  • by MacTO (1161105) on Friday July 01, 2011 @06:08PM (#36638016)

    People seem to use Skype with family and close friends.

    People seem to use Facebook with acquaintances.

    Their uses are mostly incompatible.

    Something tells me that this is going to be a nice feature to have, but that it isn't going to beef up Skype's or Facebook's userbase (as TFA suggests).

    • by JAlexoi (1085785)
      People seem to use Skype for whatever purposes.
    • People tend to have their family and close friends added in Facebook, though. So if they suddenly get the ability to video chat with them there conveniently, why not? The point here, I think, is to attract Facebook users to Skype, not Skype users to Facebook.

    • by microbee (682094)

      People seem to use Skype with family and close friends.

      AKA people who can see me naked.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'm using Skype mostly for business. That's why I have my computer switched on all the day long: to work, not to chat with family and friends.

  • Do they archive all video content for datamining purposes?
  • Facebook will be launching a new in-browser toilet application. 'The product has been built on a toilet and will include a desktop component. Itâ(TM)s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has a toilet already, or if additional work will need to be done in the house even if the user already uses a toilet. But itâ(TM)s clear that thereâ(TM)s very deep integration between the products, and from the userâ(TM)s perspective, the product will be an in-browser experienc

  • Looks like Facebook is heading into what MySpace wanted to be. Just hope they make the UI looks read-able, and we all know what they're going to do with *your* (cough: their) information.

  • by Necroman (61604) on Friday July 01, 2011 @06:36PM (#36638204)

    So Skype allows group of text-only for their free accounts. Group video chat requires that everyone be a Skype subscriber to get access. Will this limitation continue?

    Google+ allows group video chat (Hangouts) up to 10 people for free, though there is no mobile support yet.

    Also, I'm uncertain of what Google's back-end architecture is (looks like it's P2P also, using XMPP Jingle, but I don't know the details of this tech). Skype uses supernodes to connect people together, which is really a P2P technology. Since any person running a skype client that is not behind NAT can act as a supernode, connection quality on skype calls can easily vary.

    • So Skype allows group of text-only for their free accounts.

      Text + voice, actually. Don't know about video.

    • So Skype allows group of text-only for their free accounts. Group video chat requires that everyone be a Skype subscriber to get access. Will this limitation continue?

      Only one participant needs to be a subscriber (otherwise lack of network effect would make this worthless). I make regular group calls with skype, and we've tried the group video call as well. The bigger problem is that video conferences with 3+ participants don't really seem to work acceptably, with audio and video coming and going and participants being dropped... If the google version works (and I plan to try it out next week as soon as my new fancy webcam arrives), that will make more difference to me t

  • They already have a large user base, they already have fb chat, if they create a new product maybe they could kill skype and take their business(e.g. call to landlines for pay subscribers). And if they allow people to connect with XMPP we have a multiplatform video chat.
  • Well, now Facebook is face-to-face. So Facebook has evolved into Facebook. It's also getting awfully bloated with needless this and that. There must be a point where a centralized social networking service collapses under the weight of features that must eventually be spread out across the web. Mid 90's everybody on AOL jumped ship when the realized the same stuff was on the web, only spread out across a better and wide open landscape. It seems like Facebook is running headlong into it's own demise. It is
  • by The O Rly Factor (1977536) on Friday July 01, 2011 @07:37PM (#36638558)
    G+ invites have been out for what, like a week? And already FB is playing the me too! feature creep game with Google. Could this actually finally be the beginning of the end of the reign of Zuck?
    • by cakeslam (1965246)
      By the time Google+ launches to the public, facebook will have implemented every decent feature that Google+ has. I think google is making a mistake by not launching the site any time soon- it will never gain critical mass if facebook is given the opportunity to copy it. Not that this is a bad thing for the market place, because the consumer will benefit from facebook's upgrades. But this does nothing but hurt google's chances for success.
  • MS buys Facebook?
  • A Skype browser plugin? I don't see any other way to really integrate a desktop app and also embed in a browser. Does Silverlight allow generic network access and access to webcams for apps?
  • Coincidence that Microsoft first partners with Facebook with Bing, then Microsoft goes on to buy Skype, and now Skype is being integrated into Facebook? I think not....
  • ... could now also ad "value advertising" to your phone calls. You ring a friend, talk about something and suddenly a commercial is played "Did you also know that 3509 of your friends also like that product?".

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