Facebook and Skype strike a deal

Voice and video service to make friends with Facebook

Video and voice messaging platform Skype has announced plans to integrate its service with social media platform Facebook.

Skype for Windows will include a tab for the popular networking page, allowing users to keep up-to-date with their friends. The company claims that its essence is to provide people with a means to communicate with those they care about, and that a Facebook crossover gives Skype users the chance to stay abreast with their loved ones.

What this means is that Facebook friends using Skype can incorporate the programme to call each other for free. Facebook developer network director Ethan Beard claims this level of availability is the ultimate aim of the project.

He said: "We're working with companies such as Skype to make it easier to find your friends anytime you want to connect."

Change of Facebook focus

News of the crossover comes as Facebook shifts its focus towards another redesign.

At a conference at the company's Palo Alto headquarters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that a change was forthcoming. Industry analyst TechCrunch has subsequently speculated that this will include a re-jig of the profile page and home page to make them appear closer to the Groups and Places pages.

Any switch will represent the first makeover given to Groups since they were made to appear more like Fan Pages last year.