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BLOG: What 'awesome' thing will Facebook launch?

Ed Oswald | July 5, 2011
A new partner? Mobile advances? Here are some educated guesses about Facebook's plan to wow us on Wednesday.


Conflicting information seems to now exist as to whether Facebook plans to make this a standalone application or integrate it into the current Facebook application. Again, this all seems dependent on Project Spartan's progress.

Partner with Skype on Video Chat

Popular speculation about what's happening on Wednesday suggests a partnership with Skype for video chat. This makes some sense; Microsoft purchased the chat service not too long ago, and Microsoft and Facebook have been pretty close over the past several years.


A partnership would be a major coup d'etat for Skype, which would immediately gain access to Facebook's 750 million-person userbase -- and it would certainly make Microsoft's $8 billion investment in the company look a little more reasonable. Some analysts have said they expect Microsoft to hook Skype up with Facebook in some form since the deal was announced in May.

 

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