Both Facebook, Google Eyeing Skype Deal

There are recent reports saying both Facebook and Google are thinking over to have some kind of deal with Skype that could be anything from joint venture to a complete acquisition. Reuters in one of its reports says that the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg participated in internal discussions about the purchase of Skype. If the deal finalizes, it could be worth at $3-$4 billion. However, the discussions are still in initial stages according to the reports. But if we see the Skype’s decision to delay the launch of its pre-planned IPO, it apparently seems that discussions are quite serious.

We have already seen that both the companies are involved in integrating their relevant services. For instance, at present Skype users has the facility to call their Facebook friends with listed numbers from within Skype’s client and can also view their Facebook news feeds in their Skype news feeds as well. However, this collaboration has not yet expanded to voice and video calls from within Facebook. This is certainly a big opportunity for Skype to get benefit from the large user base of this giant social network.

If you remember, we had got reports in January where some Facebook users claimed that they have seen the Call button randomly appearing while visiting friends; profile. However, the button didn’t work at all. This certainly is a clear sign showing that Facebook’s intentions to provide voice services to its massive user base.

As far as Google is concerned, it seems that Google isn’t so aggressive in its approach for the fact it already has a voice calling services integrated into Gmail and its independent Google Talk client, but still what we can expect is a kind of partnership that would emphasize the audio and video compression to native integration with its mobile and TV platforms.

What we can do at this stage is to wait until a formal announcement is made from either Facebook or Google to speculate whether if both the companies are involved in dialogues with Skype or not.

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