toggle

AAPL Stock: 121.3 ( -1.07 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Skype makes group video calls free across Windows, Mac, Xbox

updated 10:34 am EDT, Mon April 28, 2014

All platforms to open up in near future

Group video calls on Skype are now free for users on Windows desktops, OS X, and the Xbox One, according an announcement by the Microsoft-owned service. The company in fact says it intends to make group calls free across all platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and the Windows 8 "Metro" interface. A precise timetable hasn't been revealed.

Skype began requiring at least one person in a group call to have a Premium account in January 2011. Premium costs $5 per day or $9 per month, though, something that may have encouraged people to switch to alternatives like Google Hangouts, which doesn't charge anything for group calling.

The Windows and Mac versions of Skype allow for up to 10 simultaneous video connections; the Xbox One is limited to four. Skype has yet to finalize the number of connections other platforms will support.




by MacNN Staff

toggle

Comments

  1. jdonahoe

    Junior Member

    Joined: 07-05-06

    Great, I paid $60 for a service that they now will offer for free.

  1. slapppy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 03-23-08

    To win. Give it all away and fund it with a monopolized business revenue model. lol

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

HP 14-x030nr 14-inch Chromebook

If you're like us, chances are you've come to realize that you need the ability to access the Internet on the go. Also, you've prob ...

15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate ...

Typo keyboard for iPad

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physica ...

toggle

Most Commented