Group video calling on Skype is now free. What makes me think right now is, why is Microsoft always lingering behind in launching better technologies which are bound to success if released faster. Google offer group video calling long before Microsoft’s Skype used to offer, Google+ Hangouts.
The feature is still open for Windows, Mac, and Xbox One users only. Skype’s Phillip Snalune quoted in his blog post:
And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.
The group video conferencing or chatting was part of Skype’s Premium Service. The premium service used to cost $8.99/month. The service included free minutes to call and sometimes it also included discounts on international calls. One day pass for Skype Premium Service used to cost $4.99 which gave you access to video conferencing for one day. The video conferencing could add upto 10 people in one chat.
Also Microsoft has been fixing chat application which had syncing issues. The chat messenger was not showing the chat you had in some other device. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella is finally making some things that Microsoft initially used to fear about or were too grumpy to change it.