Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been making no bones about Facebook's plan to launch "something super awesome" next week. The press invitations to that event went out today, saying nothing more than "Please join us for an event at Facebook" on July 6.
A source with knowledge of the partnership, indicates that Facebook will launch a new video chat product, powered by Skype, that works in browser," TechCrunch reports. That would be one way to try to head off Google+, which was launched just recently.
The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It's not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to be downloaded even if the user already uses Skype. But it's clear that there's very deep integration between the products, and from the user' perspective, the product will be an in browser experience.
Facebook and Skype have already been working together, including integration of various Facebook features into the Skype service.