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Facebook Video Calling and updated Chat – Everything Explained

Facebook Skype Video Chat

Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook team today announced that video calls and an updated chat are coming to the social network. All of this is modeled under the idea of making communication as easy as possible between users, and to that end they felt a redesign of the cumbersome chat and adding video were the ways to go.

Skype CEO Tony Bates joined Mr. Zuckerberg to discuss the two companies working together to allow Facebook users will now be able to easily initiate video calls between each other even if they have not installed the software before the person calls them. The software is not a huge download, and should download in 30 seconds or less on a broadband connection. The notifications of calls will also be unobtrusive so it won’t take you out of any app you may be in, and it will also not activate your webcam until you hit the button to accept the call, so no need to worry about sudden intrusions into your personal space. At this time there is no mobile integration for the new product, so those of you hoping to get your chat on via a tablet, you’re currently out of luck.

While cool, but possibly not as exciting, group chat is getting an overhaul to be more user friendly. A new button will allow you to easily add people to an existing chat so that you can easily pull friends in when they come online.

It isn’t entirely clear what Skype gets ut of this deal as their branding does not appear to be prominent in the new product, and there doesn’t appear to be any way for them to collect revenue from it. Obviously there is something to be gained from this for the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) company, but it isn’t immediately apparent.
Source : Facebook

Easy access
Facebook is easily accessible; it only follows that a Facebook video chat app should also be accessible. A simple search on the website’s search engine will yield exact results. You don’t have to be an expert in computers to access this wonderful app. All you need to do is to search for the application’s fan page and use it from there.
You will see others also using this Facebook video chat service on that page. This is a tremendous opportunity for you to meet other enthusiasts around the world, and even make new friends.

Excellent and easy-to-use features
The app offers excellent features. Aside from fast and efficient videoconferencing engine, this app also provides several options for users. For instance, if you want to chat with everyone also using the application, using the public tab is the way to go. On the other hand, if you prefer to chat with those in your friends list, using the tab for that option is what you need to do. This will provide you with the complete list of your friends list and show who among them is online. You will easily notice this feature since those offline will be darker than those online. But if you prefer a one-on-one chat with someone you know – or even someone you’ve just met online – the app also features a private tab for an intimate video chat for two.

Free of charge
The best thing about this Facebook video chat app is the charge, which is none actually. You can access, use, and use it again and again without costing you a single dime. You’ll be able to chat with your friends and see them at the same time free of charge. This is truly an efficient advantage if you are looking for a free videoconferencing platform but do not want to be bothered with lengthy installation periods.

Skype CEO Tony Bates talks about Skype’s leadership in video calling and recaps some important milestones over the past few weeks. He highlights today’s news about Facebook video calling powered by Skype (see, and shares Skype’s broader multi-platform strategy to bring video calling everywhere – the desktop, mobile phones, TVs and the Web.