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Skype app for Windows 8.1 updated, now features free group video calling

Free group video calling arrives on Skype app for Windows 8.1

Several months ago, Skype made the group video calling feature available on its service for free. Skype now mentions that group video calling has increased “four fold” since the feature went free. Microsoft has now rolled out this feature to the Skype app for Windows 8.1. You can now partake in a free group video call while on your Windows 8.1 tablet or two-in-one device.

“Stay connected while you shop, read, watch and work. When you do more with Skype, there’s more to talk about. Connect how you want, when you want. Chat, hear their voice, or get together face to face all within the comfort of one app. Snap Skype alongside other apps to get more done or play a game together while you chat. Share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. Connect with anyone else on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more,” the app description reads.

The updated Skype app allows for up to ten people to partake in a video chat. You can focus on a particular participant by double tapping on them so their video can go full screen.  To go back to the gallery of all participants, double tap again. This way you can focus on anyone at any given moment. You can also resize Skype so you can browse the web, watch a video, or check emails during a group video call. 

Back in April of this year, Microsoft began offering Skype group video calling for free, likely to rival Google Hangouts. Group calling on Skype required users to subscribe to a $9.99 per month premium account, but now free group chat is available on Windows desktop, the Windows 8.1 app, Mac and Xbox One. Group video calling, which used to be a main feature of Skype Premium, has since been free for all Skype users. Those on Android and iOS have to be patient, as this feature is not yet available for you.

Hit the download link below to snag the updated Skype app for Windows 8.1. You can also see this feature in action below. 

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