Group Chat Coming to Skype!

Paul Lilly

According to an Associated Press (AP) report, Skype is finally planning a public beta test of a group video chat function in which up to five users will be able to see each other's mugs simultaneously during a call.

When it launches next week, beta users will be able to try it out for free, but eventually Skype will charge for the five-way videoconferencing feature, said Neil Stevens, general manger of Skype's consumer business segment. Other features will also be included, though Stevens didn't elaborate on what those might be.

Stevens said Windows PC users will get first crack at the video group chat feature, while the company expects to release a version for Macs sometime later this year.

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