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Facebook launched a next-generation online messaging service on Monday that includes facebook.com email addresses in a move seen as a shot across the bow of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft.

world Updated: Nov 17, 2010 00:39 IST

Facebook launched a next-generation online messaging service on Monday that includes facebook.com email addresses in a move seen as a shot across the bow of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled what he called a "convergent" modern messaging system that "handles messages seamlessly across all the ways you want to communicate" in a single inbox.

The service blends online chat, text messages and other real-time conversation tools with traditional email, which Zuckerberg said had lost favour with young Internet users for being too slow.

"It is true people will be able to have facebook.com email addresses, but this is not email," Zuckerberg said. "It handles email."

Zuckerberg dismissed reports referring to the messaging system as a "Gmail killer" aimed at the heart of free Web-based email services from Google.

"We don't expect anyone to wake up tomorrow and say 'I'm going to shut down my Yahoo! Mail or Gmail account'," he said.