Facebook Investigating Skype Chat

Rumour has it that Facebook may be looking to launch a new video chat feature with the help of Skype according to a developer who discovered code within Facebook that supports this possibility.

The coding was identified by Tal Alter, who found two handles in an object called VideoChat which refers to a video streaming service, GET_SKYPE_IDS and GET_SKYPE_TOKEN.

In addition to the code handles, Alter found hooks for support in Internet Explorer, ActiveX plugin support as well as links for the Skype software developer kit.

He also added that Facebook was already bucket testing this feature as it doesn't appear every time the page is loaded but only randomly once in a while.

Facebook and Skype have announced back in September that they were going to collaborate more closely, which gave rise to a number of speculations.

Skype also has a working relationship with Facebook rival, MySpace, but it seems that Facebook will be the first to roll out on a sizable scale, a Skype-based video service.

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