Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at their Seattle office last week that Facebook would launch ‘something awesome’ this week.
Speculations have been running high since then in anticipation of what that ‘awesome’ new product could be.
Reuters initially suggested that this new product could be mobile or tablet related, as Zuckerberg had mentioned that the Seattle office has played a major role in the development of this product, and it is a known fact that their recently improved mobile site was developed in Seattle. If that is so, it could well be the launch of an iPad App.
It is also being speculated, that Facebook may now be ready to launch their new photo-sharing app for the iPhone.
Another possibility being considered is ‘Project Spartan’, which is an HTML-5 based competitor to Apple’s App store.
The official invites for the launch are now out, and contain two chat icons placed very conspicuously. This has now given rise tot eh idea, that the launch could have something to do with a new video chat service powered by Skype.
Facebook has been working on a desktop component of video chat, built on Skype. This service will integrate several features of Facebook and Skype.
If this is indeed the new product to be launched, it will help Facebook to tide over the recent launch of Google Plus, which has generated a lot of interest amongst users. It will also give Skype access to Facebook’s wide user base of over 750 million users.
The launch of such a service will also please Microsoft, which has recently bought over Skype.