Video Chat Returns To Facebook's Code, Integrates With Skype

Last May we first discovered code that provided evidence of Facebook testing a video chat product. While the code eventually disappeared, it has returned to the company's code base.

Last May we first discovered code that provided evidence of Facebook testing a video chat product. While the code eventually disappeared, it has returned to the company’s code base, as first pointed out by Tal Ater.

Recently Skype and Facebook announced a large integration, however that integration appeared to be limited to the Skype desktop application. Back in September it was reported that “Facebook users will be able to video chat with each other.” While this is theoretically possible via Skype already, it wouldn’t be surprising if those calls could take place directly from within Facebook.

Whether or not this is actually something new we aren’t quite sure. For a while now there has been the ability to view the Skype status of Facebook users, however that was a feature powered by the Skype desktop application. Given that the code suggests that this new functionality will be powered by the “skypesdk-plugin” and that code also includes information about incoming calls, active calls, and more, this could be the video chat service that we previously thought was imminent.

We will reach out to Facebook for more information, however we doubt they’ll provide us with many more details.

Tal Ater Skype