Citing "two people familiar with the discussions," Bloomberg reported that Facebook started talks with Skype to extend its services to offer video chats on the platform. Currently, Skype offers voice calling between Facebook friends but does not support video calling.
If the rumors turn true, it will give both the companies a upper hand in the competitive market. Facebook, which has more than 600 million active users around the globe, can widen its popularity with video calling feature. The rumored partnership will equip Facebook to compete with other services like Google"s Gmail and Apple"s FaceTime, who offer video calling.
More over, presently Skype gives group video calling feature that allows 10 people to videoconference together. If it is added to Facebook platform, Skype will get an extra push with Facebook's wide popularity and dedicated fan base.
Earlier, we reported the launch of Rovio's Angry Birds on Facebook. This would be another treat for the millions of Facebook users. How ever, Skype officials kept tight lip on the rumors of talks with Facebook. Hopefully, a Facebook official commented with a little hope for the partnership.
"Last year we announced the integration of Facebook in Skype, so people can keep up to date with their Facebook friends through News Feed in Skype and even call and SMS their Facebook friends on any phone from Skype," Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.