Mark Zuckerberg created some buzz last week by promising an awesome Facebook announcement. That announcement, it turns out, is a video chat built into Facebook. The video technology is powered by Skype.
Although video chat is nothing new, Mark Zuckerberg touted the ease of use of Facebook's video chat. In a demonstration, a Facebook engineer showed that the browser-based function only takes two clicks to fully activate.
On most broadband connections, it takes about 30 seconds for the whole program to boot.
To accept a request for video chat, users just have to click a button on a Facebook popup window.
Zuckerberg emphasized that there is no installation or no new registration; it's a feature that just seamlessly integrates into the existing Facebook experience.
It's so easy, said a Facebook engineer, that a grandfather can use it with his grandson.
Facebook launched its product in partnership with Skype, which is owned by Microsoft.
Skype CEO Tony Bates said partnering with Facebook will allow the Skype technology to be as ubiquitous as possible, which is Skype's vision.