Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Jesi Max

Skype will add free group video calling to its mobile apps

Skype will soon be adding one of its most requested features. Microsoft will soon add free group video calls to Skype's iOS, Android and Windows 10 mobile apps, the company announced Tuesday. The update is expected to roll out to Skype's respective apps "over the next few weeks."

Once it's live, the update will allow Skype users to make video calls with as many as 25 participants for free. While Skype has supported group video calls for some time, the feature was previously available only to those who subscribed to Skype for Business (though the free apps have supported group audio calls.) It's not clear exactly when the feature will roll out to each app but Microsoft says it's coming soon. Microsoft is also offering the chance to get your hands on it ahead of its release to those who sign up for a preview version on its website. The company announced the update in a blog post commemorating the service's 10-year anniversary (yes, it's okay if that makes you feel old.) Free group video calling should be a welcome update for many users. While free group video calls should be table stakes by now, it's a feature that's still missing from many of the biggest chat services, including FaceTime and Facebook Messenger. The update could also help Skype gain new momentum. The app has recently added Snapchat-like filters, new emoji and other features clearly meant to appeal to a younger audience.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of TheStyleClash.com, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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