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The long awaited partnership between Facebook and Skype finally became real. However, someone at Skype was a tad over-eager to share the news and tweeted it out about minutes before Zuckerberg got on stage.

The long awaited partnership between Facebook and Skype finally became real — seconds ago Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement at Facebook offices earlier this morning. However, someone at Skype was a tad over-eager to share the news and tweeted it out about minutes before Zuckerberg got on stage.

Anyway for the first time in nearly 16 days I logged into Facebook and tried Skype. A quick Skype call with a friend was pretty painless and easy to make. You just clicked on the video icon on the chat window and you were connected. I am surprised by the quality of the call and the video. I did have to download a java applet but it took seconds. More impressions later.

Today, we are excited to announce that Skype’s partnership with Facebook goes even further, as we are now making it possible to video chat with your friends right from within Facebook. This is an exciting step for us as it represents Skype’s first big step on the Web, and because we know this has the potential to unlock even more conversations and make the experience on the Web even more social.

The partnership with Facebook makes fantastic business sense for Skype and gives us an unprecedented opportunity to offer Skype’s voice and video calling products to more than 750 million active users on Facebook.

Together, we’ve collaborated to create a great user experience — with Skype providing an optimized version of its software and Facebook embedding the Skype calling experience deeply into their site, allowing Facebook users to enjoy the many benefits of video calling. (Skype blog)

  1. It’s definitely a cool setup, and the experience seems easy enough. However, the missing link is mobile. Of course, Skype owns Qik, which is what powers most of the mobile video chatting, so you would think it would work soon.

    Sure, Skype video calling works on some devices, but it’s not nearly as ubiquitous as this.

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  2. Who is that handsome young man in the picture?

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  3. Years ago, Skype should have been the one to build a social networking platform on top of their community of users. Missed opportunity. Nevertheless, this present deal makes Skype so much more relevant. But why in the world did Skype need to get bought by Microsoft for? I still don’t understand. They should have only done the Facebook deal. That’s a great move. Maybe it took Microsoft (which own Facebook stocks) to make that deal a reality…

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  4. This will end Skype desktop client to some extent. Also now facebook will push skype to release group video to compete with g+ hangout.

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  5. I wonder if this deal with Facebook was ironed out before or after Microsoft bought Skype. My bet is on the latter which makes this not only an ‘awesome’ announcement for Facebook but for Microsoft themselves. They desperately need to forge a relationship with Facebook and perhaps this is the start of things to come.

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