It shouldn’t really be that big of a deal but for some looking for a reliable conference calling program that doesn’t rely on Google’s Apps, Skype has always been the program of choice. The only problem was, group video calling used to require someone with a premium membership to be involved in the call. That was until yesterday when Skype announced that their group video calling was free, for everyone!
Yesterdau, Skype announced via a blog post that their group video calling feature no longer needed a premium account to work. Everyone on every platform can video call with more than one person for free! That includes desktop, mobile, and Xbox apps.
“For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, 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.” wrote Phillip Snalune on the Skype Blog.
Now you, your friend, their friend, and even your dog can enjoy a four-way video call without the need for a monthly subscription!
Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011 for a reported $8.5 billion (£5b), and launched the app on the Xbox 360 as well as replacing their MSN Messenger service.