Skype introduces Group Video Chat

Telepresence might be something Cisco has been patting its back for since long. But Skype his here to challenge them with free alternative.

A year back, Skype became HD capable (720p) and now combined with Group video chat, I see some great opportunities.

The new feature — which is still in beta — will allow groups of up to five friends to chat with each other via video.

For group video conferencing to work, all users must download and install the latest version of the Skype client. Unfortunately, group video chat is only available on Windows users right now, but Skype says a Mac version is in the works and will be ready for download later this year.

While the feature is still in beta, group video conferencing is free, but Skype expects to release it as one of a number of new premium features later this year to compete wit Cisco and other Video conferencing providers. The pricing hasn’t been decided, but,  Skype voice calling and two-way video chat will always remain free for all users.

One existing competition is from Paltalk, which offers up to 10 users video chat that too in a standard web browser using Flash. Will Skype move to webapp? Not yet.

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