Microsoft’s Skype has announced group video calling feature for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices. The new feature comes as the next evolution to one-to-one video calling that Skype added ten years ago and rivals Google’s Hangouts.
The addition of mobile group video calling feature means that you’ll now be able to chat with multiple friends at once, using Skype mobile app. This new feature is initially available for a “sneak peek”.
Skype has surpassed the mark of two trillion minutes of free video calls since its launch in 2006. Microsoft corporate vice president for Skype and Skype Business Gurdeep Paul said that the two trillion video minutes “sounds like a lot”, and the group video calling feature is now available “to celebrate 10 years of video calling”.
“When we launched video calling, it helped people to keep in touch when they were travelling and to stay connected with friends and relatives without having to worry about cost, distance or time,” Paul wrote in blog post. “Since then, Skype video calling has been used in truly amazing ways to help people do more together, on any platform or device.”
Skype’s mobile group video calling feature works similar to what Google’s Hangouts has been offering from quite some time. Hangouts app supports up to 10 users in a single group video call. And in March last year, it was updated for Android devices with the ability to let external guests join video calls.
Group video calling feature isn’t new for Skype’s desktop users. The service supports up to 10 users on a video call and up to 25 users on a group voice call. Paul’s team even updated Skype app for Windows tablet and 2-in-1 devices in July 2014 to enable free group video calling feature on mobile computing devices in addition to desktops.
Microsoft will start rolling out the updated Skype for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile with group video calling feature in the coming days. Meanwhile, you can pre-register for the same by filling in your email address, Skype name, country and device platform.