As earlier promised, Microsoft introduces a software that will enable Skype group video calls to all iOS and android phones today. Microsoft made this promise while Skype was celebrating the 10th anniversary of its free video calling feature with the addition of mobile group video calling for all major smartphone platforms.
Over six years after Skype enabled mobile one-to-one video calling, the Microsoft-owned messaging app began to expand the feature to multi-person calls on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile which it promised to have it completed couple of weeks after.
According to theverge, the software maker will start enabling the option on Skype accounts in Europe and the US today and expects to complete the roll out over the next week.
Though the feature previously existed, it only allowed groups of five or even less, but the new update will enable groups of about 25 people to chat on video calls via the Skype app. By so doing, larger groups are being accommodated.
One other interesting fact about the new update is that android phones with smaller screens will also benefit from it as it easily get unwieldy on the smaller screen of a handset. Skype came up with a couple different ways for viewing participants on group calls.
It also allows you to flip between the front and back camera during the group video call. It took the Skype team a great deal of time to optimize the group video calling UI.
“You can flip between a highly immersive grid view that makes you feel like you’re in the same room, or you can switch to focus view where Skype automatically focuses on the active speaker, or lets you choose which participant to ‘Pin’ to the stage.The latter view works particularly well when you have a large group on the call.” the team said.
More so, alongside video calling roll out, Microsoft expanded its Skype chat invitation features to androids and iOS so that one can easily invite people to a group conversation, and they can even participate in a video call using Skype for Web.
All you need to do is start a chat on your iPhone, iPad or Android and share the unique conversation link however you want — via email, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter or Facebook. If they have Skype, they’ll join your conversation by clicking on the link and if they don’t, they can join the group video call on a computer using Skype for Web. The invited person need not be in your contact list as well.
However, Skype mobile users in the US and western Europe will be the first set to enjoy this feature but the company promised that other nations in the world will be able to access it before the end of March.