Skype Makes Group Video Calling Free for All Users

Published on April 29, 2014

As many Skype users have long been aware, video calling peer-to-peer has always been free, but group video calling (three or more participants) has only been available to paying customers. Skype has finally stepped up its game and now offers free group video calling (though we should note, rival services like Google Hangouts have already had this option available for a long time).

Starting yesterday, April 28, Windows desktop, Mac, and Xbox One users are now able to use group video calling at no extra cost.  

In the past, this feature had only been available through "Skype Premium" for an $8.99/month subscription, or through an individual day pass for Skype Premium for $4.99.

Skype group video calling allows up to 10 people to participate in a group video chat at once, using PCs or Macs.

This change of policy seems to signal the start of a proactive response against rival companies, and to broaden its cross-platform service.

Skype's Phillip Snalune:

"In the future, we'll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms." 

What sorts of changes would you like to see Skype make?  Or have you already abandoned this platform for a different one?  Let us know your thoughts!