Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling For Everyone

Skype free group video calling

Microsoft today announced that they are enabling free group video calling to everyone. For the last few years, Skype offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, they are making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And also, in the future, they’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.

When not in the office at Skype, I’m part of a cycling team with a group of four local friends. We’re training for a coast-to-coast charity cycling event but spend our weeks in separate parts of the world on business. As planning for our training days is a challenge, we often rely on Skype group video calls to stay connected. Now that Skype group video calling is available to everyone, free of charge, it makes our group conversations even easier! Group video calling enables so many important shared experiences, like my cycling team’s regular training check-ins and catch-ups.

Skype is proud that, since our beginning, we’ve created opportunities for people to communicate freely and easily, no matter where they are; from keeping in touch with remote family members or calling home when traveling to chatting daily with your close circles of friends. While Skype is known for one to one video calling, we know it’s also essential to connect with the groups of people who matter most, whether friends, family or colleagues. Whether for my cycling team or your catch-ups, meet ups, huddles, reunions, nights out, study groups, painting clubs, family ‘get-togethers’ or whatever group you participate in, Skype is committed to making group communications simple, easy and fun for everyone – now and in the years to come!

Source: Skype

  • counterblow

    whoops….Hangouts just got served!

    • Bugbog

      Yep. This is a direct strike against Hangouts, which was getting the word of mouth press (and usage), as if Skype didn’t even have the feature.

      Now users will find it easier, and be more likely to use Skype for group calls since it has the greater user-base.

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Scroogle+ Hangouts isn’t even a real competitor, it may be on Scroogle Android, but on the desktop and any other platform Hangouts is very lackluster.

  • Troy Schuster

    THIS IS HUGE… nicely done Microsoft! And thank you from the group :-)

  • pirate78

    I have been waiting for something like that! Thank you MS! Hangouts seem to be less then reliable at times.

  • Ben A