It has been speculated that Social networking site Facebook may be working on a new voice calling feature, preparing to throw itself into the middle of the software VoIP market. At this point it’s not clear if Facebook is planning an in house VoIP solution, or they’re working with a third-party company like Skype to help them integrate voice functionality into the Facebook interface. In September, rumours began to speculate on a Facebook and Skype partnership.
A number of users discovered that a call button appeared on friends user profiles along with the options to chat, poke and send a message. When the call button was pressed a dialogue box opened saying “calling… friend name…”.
Facebook is also rumored to be in the IPO pipeline for later this year. With this new feature, they could take market share away from Skype as they would than turn into a one stop shop for all social media connections. This could help give them a boast going into the IPO.
The only question is that Skype has a large business clientele and Facebook is still looked at as a social meeting place. Will the business people make the switch or will they choose to keep with Skype?