PALO ALTO (KCBS) – Although the company hasn’t officially confirmed it, Skype appears to be ready to launch a video messaging service.

The new service has been rumored for more than a month and the company slipped on Wednesday, as Skype updated its terms of use to include video messaging.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid:

The service is expected to be offered to users of Skype Premium service and is seen as something like video e-mail or messaging. Instead of having a person-to-person conversation on Skype, users would be able to send a short video to another user as a message.

It’s still unclear exactly when the service will be made available for users, although because of many of the details in the terms of service, most expect it to officially launch early in 2013.

There are several smaller companies that already offer this type of service, but none with the global appeal of Skype.

You can hear Larry Magid’s Tech Report Monday through Friday at 3:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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