SEATTLE – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced three new features for the social networking site Wednesday morning: video chatting, group chat and a new chat design.
Video chatting will use Skype technology, with facebook users able to quickly establish a video connection with friends. Group chat will allow multiple friends in the same discussion; for instance, 7 friends give simultaneous input on what movie to see and where.
The video chat feature was developed by employees at Facebook's Seattle office, said company CEO Mark Zuckerberg. That has implications for Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, which bought Skype for $8.5 billion in May.
Microsoft also owns a piece of Facebook, paying $240 million in 2007.
Zuckerberg was in Seattle last week touring Facebook's engineering site. He wouldn't give many details on launching what he called "something awesome," but did say it was developed in Seattle.
Tech insiders say it's no coincidence Facebook is making this big announcement just days after Google launched the new networking platform Google Plus.