Skype has released a new beta that supports video calling with up to five people — great news for web workers, as it should make conducting remote meetings a lot easier. While there are plenty of services that already offer group video chat (TinyChat, for example), Skype’s existing popularity could make it a more natural choice.
One thing to note is that group video calling will be a premium feature (so perhaps it will be rolled up into Skype’s new subscription calling plans), although it’s free to try during the beta. But it’s only a beta, so it’s probably best not to rely on it for critical business meetings as it might not work perfectly. And everyone you call will need to have the new software installed. It’s currently available for Windows only; a Mac beta should be out later this year.
Let us know what you think of the new group video calls in the comments.
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