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Party! Skype 5.0 for Windows Has 10-way Calling

You probably remember back in May when Skype announced that it would begin testing five-way video calling for Windows users. The feature was free back then, but Skype said it would start charging for it in a few months time. However, it seems that before it'll start charging, Skype is going to up the ante to 10-way video conferencing.

With the release of Skype 5.0 beta two, users who can drum up nine friends or coworkers to video call with will be able to do so. Again, Skype stipulates that group video calling is 'currently available as a free trial' so it looks like they do plan on charging at some stage, we just don't know when. We also don't know how much they'll be asking.

Skype also said that it had fixed a number of bugs and stability issues that presented themselves with group calling before, so it's likely if you tried the five-way calling and found fault with it, you might have a better experience this time.

Still no word on Linux or Mac versions, though Skype said 'later this year' for a Mac version when it announced the five-way calling.

 

  • nightcrawl3r
    This is so awesome. I have friends all over Europe and Asia. This will make it even more fun.
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  • eddieroolz
    Man, I don't even have 10 people registered on Skype friends list lol
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  • randomizer
    Of course there's no word on the Linux client. It only gets updated annually at best, and it's years behind the Windows client.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    great news..=D
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  • The Dark Wall
    It's hard enough finding 3 people to video call with... let alone having the option of 10 way call lol

    I wonder what the required internet speed for a 10 way call will be...
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  • Bolbi
    And how many Gb/s do you need for decent-quality 10-way video chat?!? I know that's an exaggeration, but you'd better have top-tier internet service!
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  • jojesa
    eddieroolzMan, I don't even have 10 people registered on Skype friends list lol
    Me neither, and I have been using Skype since 2006.
    I do make a lot of phone calls to dozens of family members and friends all over the planet.
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  • jhansonxi
    randomizerOf course there's no word on the Linux client. It only gets updated annually at best, and it's years behind the Windows client.They did release a SDK for Linux first but I agree that the client needs more work. I use it for RPGs and need separate netbooks for each remote player.
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  • screechy
    Sweet I can think of all the fun things I could do with 9 other people ;) lol but I'm sure this will lag up pretty bad on a slow Internet
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  • Ch33ky
    So up to 10 people? Sound to
    Me like that would take
    A lot of bandwidth in order to get
    Real time stream of
    The video to everyone right?

    Are skype servers gonna "broadcast"
    Nine signals out for each person or
    Does each persons computer do that?

    Well either way,
    I've always wanted
    To video chat
    To a group of
    Your friends and now it looks like I might get to!
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