Facebook is soon unleashing its Gmail killer e-mailing system on Monday, its challenging to Yahoo mail and Hotmail as well. For this service Facebook users will be able to send and receive mails “@facebook.com” addresses and will also be integrated with Microsoft’s recently introduced Office online services. The TechCrunch, which first reported the development, said the Facebook service would be a full-featured e-mail client.
Facebook is completely rewriting their messaging product and is preparing to launch a fully featured webmail product in its place, according to a source with knowledge of the product,
The development comes amid growing rivalry between Facebook and Google, which this week raised salaries across the board to pre-empt defections to the social network site. Google also recently cut off Facebook’s access to its own e-mail product to prevent Facebook from importing Gmail address books until Facebook allows Google to access data on its site.