Skype announces group video calling for mobile phones and tablets

Feb 18, 2016, 3:35 pm

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Microsoft has announced rolling out of Skype group video calling feature in mobile phone and tablet. Last month the instant messaging and video calling platform rolled out beta version for the pre-registered users – based on the feedbacks the company fine-tuned the experience.

The new feature will be available for calling on iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets in Western Europe and North America starting from today and expects to complete the roll-out in these regions over next week. The company in a blog post says, the feature will be available worldwide in March.

Now Skype group video calling is available in all the platforms – desktop, mobile and tablet. In the new version Skype will allow to add upto 25 people in a group call increased from 5 people and they can experience the HD quality video giving more natural feel of the call. The software giant has worked closely with its biggest partner, Intel to optimize SILK Super Wide Band audio codec to run on the Azure servers powered by intel processors.

The flexible interface also allows to customize their preferred view – the person talking will displayed front and center. In the full screen immersive video users can choose ‘Grid View’ or ‘Focus View’ and select participant to ‘pin’ to the stage.

In June last year Microsoft launched Skype for Web allowing users to make video calls without installing the app on desktop. With this new features user even without having a Skype account can join the video call. Now you can add other users by sharing the conversation link – via email, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter or Facebook – recipients can join the call on Skype for Web by clicking the link.

To experience these new features, make sure your Skype app is updated with the latest version. Check here to download or upgrade the latest version from Skype.

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