A window will then pop up, asking the friend to accept or decline the call.If that friend has never used the video-calling feature, a plug-in can be installed within 10 to 20 seconds before beginning the call, Zuckerberg says.People are connecting with each other and want to connect with multiple people at once without the hassle of setting up a group chat beforehand, he says.With the new multi-person chat feature, a user can chat with one person and then invite other friends within the same chat box.
The Facebook video chat announcement means that its 750 million users will be able to talk with any of their online friends thanks to a new partnership with Skype, which could soon be a part of Microsoft.“It’s so minimal and so easy to use, I just think a lot of people are going to want to use it,” says Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.
After about six months of planning with Skype, Zuckerberg announced the new video-calling feature of Facebook chat at a press conference Wednesday with Tony Bates, CEO of Skype, and other Facebook employees at their headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
The announcement confirmed one of the many rumors that had been floating around in recent weeks about a new feature that Zuckerberg deemed “awesome.” In the coming weeks, users will see a small video icon in chat boxes and a “Call” button on profile pages that with one click will launch a ringing noise on a friend’s computer.
“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.”The announcement of these three new features “marks the beginning of launching season 2011,” Zuckerberg says.