Group video calling has been available for Skype business customers for a while now, but to celebrate Skype’s tenth birthday on Tuesday, Microsoft announced it is bringing the feature to Skype mobile apps for free. The rollout doesn’t have a time line attached, but you can sign upnow for a sneak preview of the new functionality.
Skype has been adding new features recently to spruce up its image in the face of overwhelming competition from the likes of Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat and Kik. Emoji, filters and stickers are all par for the course these days, but Microsoft is clearly hoping that free group video chat will help Skype stand out from the crowd.
The most recent update to Skype on Android introduced the ability to send video messages to groups, and the desktop version of Skype has had group video calling for some time. Group video chat may just the next logical step, but it’s a welcome addition to everybody’s favorite video chat service.