Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg promised last week that the company will be launching something “awesome” that their Seattle team developed, on July 6. On Friday, Facebook sent out press invitations, with “Please join us for an event at Facebook” written on the invite.
Since the CEO’s announcement, reporters from various websites have been speculating about the company’s new product. Reports said that it would be a desktop component, as the company has been said to hire desktop software designers in their Seattle office. According to a report by Techcrunch, a source said that Facebook will be launching a video chat product that is powered by Skype.
It’s still unclear if the new product will work independently, but what’s clear is that there will be an integration between Skype and Facebook.
This is not the first time the two companies worked together, but if this pushes through, it would seriously benefit Skype because of Facebook’s high user count. It could also mean that Facebook will be a place where voice and video chats are made.
With Google+ having its own voice and video chat feature, the Facebook-Skype partnership will make more sense. Google’s social networking site has a video chat feature that enables users to chat in groups of 10 or one-on-one.
Is the partnership between Facebook and Skype be powerful enough to topple Google+’s video chat service?