Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled video chat powered by Skype at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California. And thus revealed the “something awesome” speculation.
Zuckerberg launched three improvements to the social network: Skype-powered video calling, group chat, and a redesigned chat tool.
Facebook’s video calling is built into the chat platform. Users can click on the video-call button at the top of the chat window to start a video conversation with a friend.
Outside of video chatting, Facebook has also showed off a new group-chat feature, allowing users to have a conversation with multiple people at the same time. The chat tool has been redesigned to adjust in size based on the user’s browser window to make it easier to chat. In addition, users will find a sidebar that’s populated with the people they communicate with most often.
Video calling will be available to everyone over the next few weeks, but if you don’t want to wait, you can enable video calling. To call your friend, just click the video call button at the top of your chat window.
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