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  1. Facebook takes on Skype with this new group calling feature on desktop

Facebook takes on Skype with this new group calling feature on desktop

Social media giants are totally changing the landscape of online communication as messaging is evolving from text to voice and video. Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature which will let you call a group of your friends from your PC.

By: | Updated: December 19, 2016 10:59 AM
facebook, skype, facebook video call, facebook news, facebook feature, facebook group, group chat, facebook group chat, facebook group calling, facebook new feature, tech news, video voice calling, skype calling, facebook skype, skype news This is a small test by Facebook as of now and users who get access to this feature will see a phone icon on the group chat window and by pressing the button, they can invite friends to the group to join the call. (Reuters)

Social media giants are totally changing the landscape of online communication as messaging is evolving from text to voice and video. Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature which will let you call a group of your friends from your PC. The voice calling feature was added on the mobile Messenger app in April and now the company is reportedly working to introduce the feature on your desktops as well. This new feature on the platform means a better alternative to the usual conference calls. According to TechCrunch, this is a small test by Facebook as of now and users who get access to this feature will see a phone icon on the group chat window and by pressing the button, they can invite friends to the group to join the call.

The company had started the voice calling feature for PCs three years ago. Later, video calling feature was also introduced. But recently the group chat feature is getting highly popular after the launch of an app called Houseparty, directed at teenagers. There are many other apps too which provide this feature, including Microsoft’s Skype. But Facebook introducing it means, it will be easier for us to call our friends and family through an app which already are present on the popular platform. However, it is unclear if this testing phase will result in its incorporating in the app or whether it will be able to organise calls among a large number of people.

Also read | WhatsApp introduces video calling for smartphones; here’s how to get the feature

Meanwhile, many other companies are upping their game in the area of voice and video calling. Snapchat had added the feature earlier this year, and so did Google for its Duo messenger app. Oculus also announced a feature called Parties which let VR user call another VR user. Popular messaging app WhatsApp had also announced the feature in November and became a hit among the masses.

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