As more and more conversations move off of the phone line, and onto data pipelines, people look for optimal ways to make group conference calls. This doesn’t stop there however, users now expect group video calls. Currently applications like Apple’s iChat only allow for up to 4 users in video calls, and Skype users can only patch in 5 users.
Skype has released a new Windows update this month that allows for group video calls with up to 10 people. In order to make this possible, all users must be using the updated version of Skype 5.0 beta two. So if Granny is running her old version and your brother is using his new MacBook, you can forget about taking advantage of this for now. Skype 5.0 beta two users will see an improvement in call quality, and call stability. The changes don’t stop there. Interface designers have been working on a refined neater and cleaner version for your viewing pleasure.
When can the Mac users amongst us have access to the group video calls feature? No word as of yet. Stay tuned to the Skype betas for details.
Download Skype 5.0 beta two here. (Remember, this is a beta, so it could possibly be buggy at times.)