Skype announced that they are making the group video calling feature free. Previously it was a premium feature. Google Hangouts, the rival service have been offering group video calling since its launch and finally Microsoft decided to join the club. Skype group video calling allows users to participate in video chats with up to 10 people using PCs or Macs. For years Skype users have been requesting free group video calling and now Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One users will be able to use the service for free. "In the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms," says Skype's Phillip Snalune.
I always prefer Skype over Hangouts and only used Hangouts if I had to make a group video call. Like me, this free feature will be a blessing for millions of Skype users out there. Free calling is now enabled on all the platforms mentioned above. I am glad that they didn't take much time to roll out the feature to all.
As I mentioned earlier, this feature was only available for premium users for a monthly subscription of $8.99 and for the single day subscription it will cost you $4.99. We will have to wait and see how this new decision is going to help Skype to position themselves more competitively against rival Google Hangouts and other group video calling services.
To read more about this visit Skype's blog.
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