What happened at the weekend: Facebook and Skype enter alliance

3rd July 2011

But this weekend the specialist technology websites are reporting on an alliance between Facebook and Skype which could be just that.

Here is the report from Michael Arrington, editor of website Techcrunch, who says that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that the website will have a video function provided by Skype. Outwardly, this would appear to be a step change in functionality.

Details are expected to be announced on July 6.

Skype of course is in the midst of being bought by Microsoft, which also owns a substantial chunk of Facebook, so as Techcrunch reports it brings the two much closer together.

All this comes in the midst of an expected Facebook listing next year which could be the social media IPO of the decade.

On his blog, Arrington writes: "This is something else entirely. The partnership could substantially increase Skype usage. Facebook has more than 750 million active users.

Currently Skype has just 170 million. And it will certainly help Facebook become even stickier for users as they start to have voice and video chat as an option to communicate.

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