Skype Video Group Calling
Skype announced the official launch of group video calling, for both consumer and business calls, today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Skype's group video calling makes it easy to bring together groups of three or more individuals on a single video call.
Group video calling, now out of beta, is available as part of the new Premium package from Skype, which offers group video calling together with access to live chat customer support as a day pass for $4.99 or as a monthly subscription for $8.99 per month.
Group video calling is also available in the new Business version of Skype, a desktop application for PCs, which gives enterprises the ability to control how Skype is used within the workplace, with the capacity to turn off or configure a variety of Skype settings. With group video calling, enterprises can easily set up real-time, face-to-face meetings and work in more collaborative and productive ways.
Group video calling is also great for bringing together family, friends and work colleagues. Some examples that stand out are a Spanish family who were reunited after 6 years apart, the Global Learning Exchange who brought together classrooms from Singapore and Bakersfield and CA and companies like ePromos who can better collaborate with remote co-workers and suppliers.
To start a group video call, only one member of the call needs to have activated the seven-day free trial or to have signed up for a day pass or monthly subscription using Skype for Windows 5.1. For all participants to receive video, they need to be on at least the 5.0 version of Mac or windows.
Skype video calls between two parties will continue to be offered as a free product. Skype calls can also be made to landlines or mobile phones at a very low cost.