So far, this is only insider rumors, as stated in this post on Habré
, however, it may well be that Facebook and Skype do organize a powerful alliance that will strengthen the already significant positions of both services. However, this alliance is hardly such an initiative that Google will like - all the more so that for the business of the latter such an alliance can cause significant damage. After all, if about 500 million Skype users unite with 500 million Facebook users (well, let it be a little less, it is clear that there may be a significant number of users registered both there and there), then such a platform with the possibility of voice, text, video communication will be well very powerful competition to similar services from Google.
But Google is making significant efforts to socialize, if I may say so, their services, and merge these services into a coherent whole. For example, the integration of Google Voice in Gmail is a very significant foreshadowing of such socialization. Soon may be announced so much expected social network (if such a platform can be called a social network) Google Me.
Comparing the time sheets, or rather, the capabilities of the Facebook-Skype alliance and Google, we see that the first platform is much more significant than the second one, at least for the time being. When Google rolled out the Google Voice service integrated into Gmail, in the first 24 hours 1 million free calls were made. What do you think, how many such calls will be on the first day when Skype and Facebook are combined? It seems to me that more, much more, it is probably a question of two orders of magnitude.
Will Google’s communications services remain afloat in this case? I think so, but they will not be able to make any serious competition to the above-mentioned alliance. But Google is counting on small and medium-sized businesses, whose representatives will work with its communication services. It seems that the same business will be much more interesting to work with Skype and Facebook - after all, these two platforms are extremely popular among small, medium and large companies.
Facebook hangs out employees, partners, suppliers, consumers - everything you need for a business. Everything is far from being so simple with Google - not so many people work with Google Voice, and probably even less will work after the announcement of the union Facebook-Skype. Combining these two social and communication platforms is a win-win strategy, as they say. But Google in this situation is not to be envied.
Of course, the corporation has never been afraid and did not look at more powerful competitors, but in this case Google has very little chance of successfully promoting its social platform. Although there are still several options that are beneficial for Google - for example, if Cisco buys Skype - in this case, much can change ...Via yahoo