Facebook video chat revealed

Skype social network tie-up official

Much-rumoured deal sees video chat finally land on Facebook.

Facebook and Skype have finally got official with their new video chat feature for the social network. Announced by Mark Zuckerberg, the new service means you can now natter with your Skype and Facebook buddies via the social network.

The VoIP giant, recently acquired by Microsoft, reckons it couldn’t be easier to get going. You can make video calls directly from Facebook Chat, as long as that feature is set to ‘online’. Alternatively, hit up a pal’s profile and use the ‘call’ icon in the top right hand corner.

What’s more, if your mates aren’t available for some video banter, you can record and leave a message which will appear in their notifications the next time they log into Facebook.

Facebook also laid out details of a new Group Chat feature to tackle Google’s new Hang Outs feature in Google+, while also telling the world that it now has a mind-blowing 750 million active users around the world.

Facebook and Skype say the new video chat feature will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Already used it? Then let us know what you make of it now over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.