Facebook set to announce Skype video chat deal

Facebook is today widely expected to integrate Skype video chat into its social-networking service, raising the stakes once more in its battle with Google.

Facebook set to announce Skype video chat deal

Facebook has called a press conference for this afternoon, in which it is expected to announce the Skype-powered video chat service.

Microsoft, which purchased a small stake in Facebook back in 2007, recently bought Skype in a deal worth $8.5 billion.

The Skype integration is the latest move in a growing social networking battle with rival Google. The search giant last week unveiled its latest attempt to break into the social-networking market, Google+.

Google+ includes a video conferencing facility, called Hangouts, in which people can chat simultaneously with a group of friends.

The competition between Facebook and Google is becoming increasingly fierce. In a clear swipe at Facebook, Google said that online sharing was currently “broken” at the launch of Google+ last week, and added that “for us, privacy isn’t buried six panels deep”.

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