Skype’s group video calling service is now free, according to Skype’s official blog. The feature is available, at no cost, on Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Xbox One platforms. But for those platforms that have been left out, Skype general manager of consumer marketing Phillip Snalune addressed the issue and said, “And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.”
Prior to the announcement, Skype users could pay a monthly subscription of $8.99 for the Skype Premium service or pay $4.99 for an individual day pass in order to use the group video calling feature. The feature itself would allow video chats with up to 10 people who were using PCs or Macs.
While late to the party, Google’s own Google Hangouts offered video chat for free for a long time, it is nice to see Microsoft finally get rid of the pricetag.
Will you start taking advantage of group video calling?