Facebook Launches Skype-powered Video Calling and Improved Facebook Chat to 750 Million Users

So, the curtains are lift, Mark Zuckerburg and the team have finally announed the much anticipated "awesome" i.e. introducing "video calling" and other improvements to already existing Facebook chat.First the Facebook chat: The new chat design now includes a sidebar that lists the "people you message most". Now it's easier to find your friends and […]

So, the curtains are lift, Mark Zuckerburg and the team have finally announed the much anticipated "awesome" i.e. introducing "video calling" and other improvements to already existing Facebook chat.

First the Facebook chat: The new chat design now includes a sidebar that lists the "people you message most". Now it's easier to find your friends and start a conversation. The sidebar adjusts with the size of your browser window, and it automatically appears when the window is wide enough.

Also, launched "multi-person chat" or "Group Chat" -- now when your friends can't figure out what movie to see, you can just add them to a chat and decide together. To include more friends in your conversation, simply select Add Friends to Chat.

"And just like your other chats, the history of your conversation is available in messages," noted Facebook.

Finally, the "Video chat" has been introduced. With Skype, Facebook built video calling right into chat, so all your conversations start from the same place. To call your friend, just click the video call button at the top of your chat window.

"For those of us who have been working on this, it's particularly exciting to bring video calling to over 750 million people (Yes it's). We're making this available in over 70 different languages, so friends can stay in touch all over the world," said Philip Su over at Facebook blog.

During today's ongoing product announcement at Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters, CEO and founder Zuckerberg somewhat casually mentioned that the site now has 750 million users … and also mentioned that he doesn't care.

Zuckerberg said Facebook didn't bother to report when it hit the 750 million mark because it's a metric that really doesn't matter.

"You don't measure the Internet's value based on how many people use it," he said moments earlier. "You measure it based on what you can do with it, on how it impacts the economy and things like that."

Here's the Facebook Video Calling in action:

Video calling will be available to everyone over the next few weeks, but if you don't want to wait, you can get it now.

[Source:Facebook blog]