Microsoft rolling out Skype group video calling feature on Android and iOS
In January, Microsoft announced it would soon roll out free group video calling feature in Skype to users on mobile devices. Today, the company is going to fulfill that promise. The Skype group video calling feature is now rolling out to iOS and Android users. Microsoft says that Skype group video calling feature has now started in North America and Western Europe. It will be rolled out in rest of the world in the coming weeks. The company told that the feature should be available globally by March end. Microsoft introduced many features in the latest Skype App update.
Some of the features include group video calling, HD quality video calling, flexible interface to choose your preferred view and inviting anyone to a call. The person calling you will be in center. Microsoft is using SILK Super Wide Band audio codec to ensure high quality audio. The company has worked with Intel to optimise SILK Audio specifically for Azure running on Intel processors. The number of people in a group video call has been increased from 5 to 25. Skype also lets you rearrange the people on the video call according to your preference. According to the Skype blog post:
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.
To use the Skype group video calling feature you will have to wait for the latest update. If you don’t want to wait for Skype group video calling feature then just download the latest version of Skype from here.
— Skype (@Skype) February 21, 2016
Source: Skype Blog