Microsoft has made group video calling on Skype free to users on Mac OS X, Windows desktop, and Xbox One. Launched in January 2011, the group video calling feature was available only to premium users that required a monthly fees to access it. But now, with its inclusion as a standard feature for its users, Skype gets ready to catch up with the competition. The group video calling feature can support up to 10 desktops (both Windows and Mac) and up to 4 Xbox One devices in a conversation.
Talking about competition, Google Hangouts has offered group video chat for quite sometime now, not just in private conversations but also with various “On Air” events, where a celebrity, for instance, could talk to his/her followers using the service.
Bringing group video calling to other platforms like Windows Phone, iOS, and Android is what Microsoft-owned Skype is looking at, reports The Next Web, but unfortunately a time frame hasn’t been announced yet.