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Facebook has just announced new video chat features using its long-awaited Skype integration. The announcement come hot on the tail of Google’s Google Plus Google+ Circles, Sparks & All The Rest: What's To Know? [News] Google+ Circles, Sparks & All The Rest: What's To Know? [News] Google have just announced their Google+ project, which integrates social networking features with mobile technology, video chat, easy sharing and things which make everyday life easier. It's a huge step forward for Google, having previously... Read More release, which features group video hangouts.

Facebook users can try the new feature straight away, by clicking on “Get it now” in this video calling preview. All other Facebook users will have the feature enabled within weeks. To use video chat, users need to click on the video icon while in the chat client with a friend chosen or while viewing message history with a given friend.

Also announced today is a group messaging system, where multiple friends can chat within the one chat window. To use this feature, users will simply need to click on “Add friends to chat” while chatting to a friend. Group chats will be recorded in user messaging history as per regular one-to-one chats.

The release of video chat via Facebook will enable a wide variety of users to try video chat. Up until quite recently, most video chat services relied on users running the same piece of software, such as Skype. For non-technical users, this could often be difficult or confusing to set up. With the new Facebook video chat system, these users will find it easier to get started with video chat.

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Let us know what you think of Facebook’s new features. Is it as “awesome” as they promised? Will these features help to stop Facebook users from defecting to Google Plus?

Source: ZDNet

  1. Sabrina Ramos
    July 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    @4d6f016ceace8bc43c9526d0b50e5732:disqus Why would you want to uninstall it?

  2. pity girl
    July 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Anyone please tell me how to uninstall this thingy??
    I've tried the method given by Facebook Help Centre but it doesn't works. i've tried to log in to another account which didn't install the video call thingy and they are all normal.
    Which means it should be the problem occurs in my account.

    Anyone here please help??!!!!

  3. skykid
    July 7, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Whoever wants to use Skype already uses it ! Nothing special from facebook really

    • Mark O'Neill
      July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

      I think the way Facebook sees it, as Angela points out in her article, is that Facebook users who also have Skype installed, no longer need Skype installed.  They can now uninstall Skype and do all their video chatting from Facebook (assuming all your Skype contacts have Facebook accounts of course).

    • skykid
      July 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      However they are many Skype users who do not have nor want to have a Facebook account. I guess at the end is all matter of personal preference

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