Facebook makes VoIP heard through Skype

Facebook may collaborate with Skype to make the social network even more connectible.

Logging into your Facebook account may soon allow you to make PC-to-PC VOIP calls, video calls and send SMS messages to friends and contacts via Skype 5.0 which is due to be released in October launch.

Facebook users can sign into Skype through Facebook Connect, which allows users access to third-party websites with their Facebook accounts.
A spokesperson for Skype was guarded: "While I would love to give you more information, the only thing I could tell you right now is that Skype doesn't comment on speculation."

Facebook wants to become a layer which offers various ways of socialising. The Facebook Skype VOIP offering will supplement its existing chat features. It will also create a challenge for the Google call phones VoIP offering which is integrated into Gmail. Another rumour is that Facebook is creating a android operated smartphone as it seeks out new platforms.

Together they will form a formidable partnership - Facebook has grown to more than 500 million users, while Skype has 560 million users.

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