Skype makes group video calling free on OS X, Windows and Xbox One, coming soon to iOS

By , Apr 28, 2014

Skype for iOS 4.1.7 (iPad screenshot 001)

One-on-one video calls have always been free on Skype and now the Microsoft-owned communication platform is making the group video calling feature, unveiled in 2010, available free of charge to desktop users running OS X or Microsoft Windows, with no expiration date, as well as to owners of the Xbox One console which has Skype deeply integrated.

Up until now, group video calling used to be limited to Skype’s Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac, which costs $4.99 for a day pass or $8.99 per month. Microsoft has said it will make the feature free on all platforms “in the future”

According to the Skype blog, in the future the team will be “enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.

Xbox One (Skype group video calling)

Mac and PC desktop users can start multi-party video chats with up to ten participants. On the Xbox One, up to four devices are supported.

Here’s a quick video overview of group video calling on Windows.

Phillip Snalune, Skype’s General Manager of Consumer Product Marketing, told The Next Web that the following platforms will support free group video calling in the future: Windows Metro, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.

None of the aforementioned platforms currently support the feature so this’ll mark the first time multi-party video chats have become available on the iPhone and iPad.

The Windows giant moving from paid to free for group video calling probably has a lot to do with the fact that Google’s Hangouts offers muli-party video chatting free of charge.

Skype’s free iPhone and iPad apps are free downloads in the App Store.

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  • ✯Mike✯

    YES! Wanting this for a long time! Can’t wait to try it out.

  • Noam Matalon

    does that include screen sharing for multiple users?

    • http://www.grischke.net/ Maciek

      Yes, it’s also free.

  • Andy

    Apple should add group calling for FaceTime too, that would make it a lot more useful.

    • Rock Lee

      iOS4 -> FaceTime
      iOS5 -> FaceTime HD
      iOS6 -> FaceTime over 3G
      iOS7 -> FaceTime Audio

      iOS8-> FaceTime Group? (or FacesTime lol)

      • Babou

        really hope so

      • jack

        nice memory

      • onebyone_

        with the rumored new big screen. I hope this would be true.

      • http://www.reyas.co.in Reyas Mohammed

        iOS8-> FaceTime removed ;)

      • Jonathan

        Um. Why? I love FaceTime.

      • Damian

        Or FaceTime S

  • Aleksandar Kojić

    It seams that free video calls on OS X is not available yet.

  • Shingo

    GREAT NEWS!!!!

  • dacheezypuffs

    YES!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Awesome! Even more reasons to ditch facetime after this (http://bit ly/1tVsudl)…

    • http://www.grischke.net/ Maciek

      Finally…

  • Damian

    As much as I love skype I kinda forgot it has existed for the last 2 years. iMessage completely dominated my way of communications

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