Facebook and Skype are joining forces to bring video chat to the social networking site. The service, initially limited to one-to-one video calling, will be free of charge.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the move as he revealed that his creation now has a record 750 million users.
The video chat deal deepens Facebook’s co-operation with Microsoft which is in the process of buying Skype.
It is being seen as a riposte to Google, which last week turned up the competitive heat by introducing a rival social network. The Google+ service is generating interest with its video conferencing function, which allows up to 10 people to participate in a video call.