If you’re a Skype user, today’s news from Microsoft should thrill you. In an effort to please users and make its service more competitive, Skype has made group video calling free for all Windows desktop, Mac OS X and Xbox One users, with more platforms coming soon.
Group video calling has been available to Skype Premium users since 2011, but this is the first time the service will be available to all users for free.
Group video calls over desktop devices can support up to 10 users, and calls over Xbox One can support up to four callers.
While Skype hasn’t released a timeline for when group video calling will be made available on other platforms like mobile, Skype’s General Manager of Consumer Product Marketing Phillip Snalune told The Next Web that group video calling will also come to Windows modern, Windows Phone, Android and iOS at some point.
Google+ Hangouts has offered free group video calling for years, and it’s likely that Skype’s new offering aims to bring group video callers back to its platform.
For more information on how to initiate group video calls on Skype, check out the video tutorial below:
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