Microsoft has announced that Skype’s paid feature ‘Group Video Calling’ now available free for PC desktop, Mac and Xbox One users.
Until now only Skype users with a Premium account can use the group video calling feature, previously to use this feature one has to pay $8.99 (€6.49) per month or $4.99 (€3.60) for a day.
Group video calling feature in Skype supports up to 4 Xbox One consoles and a most of 10 different desktop computers ( PCs or Macs) connected at the same time.
In the company’s official blog post, Skype team said that “While Skype is known for one to one video calling, we know it’s also essential to connect with the groups of people who matter most, whether friends, family or colleagues.
For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. “
Also, they announced that in the near future the Group Video Calling’ will also be offered free of charge to users of Mobile platforms, this includes Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
“We’re excited to announce that we’re
making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.”
I think this move from Microsoft is in response to Google Hangouts, which has offered free group video calls to its uses for some time.So, if you are using Skype and indulge in frequent group chatting, then this new addition will be much helpful to you.