Skype group video calls now free on Xbox One, PC, and Mac

Service used to cost $4.99 a month, but those bad old days are over.

Despite using all these people to advertise the move, actual group calls on Skype are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Microsoft has said it's now free to have a group video call over Skype on Xbox One, Windows PC, and Mac.

You used to have to pay $4.99 a month for the feature, but no longer. Imagine all the things you can now discuss virtually with a whole bunch of people! Rival video services such as Google Hangouts have offered free group calling for some time now, but Microsoft can likely still boast that Skype is a more recognisable service.

Skype allows up to 10 people to all natter away together as part of a group call, and Microsoft has pledged to bring group video calling to other platforms, such as iPad, in the future.

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martingaston

Martin Gaston

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35 comments
jark888
jark888

No love for old console like Xbox 360 any time soon I guess. 

See how pathetic there is to help push Xbox One sale.

Brando008
Brando008

I can finally Skype all my family back home in Canada from the Netherlands! Today is a good day :)

magnumsworld
magnumsworld

...However, in another recent change also made to Skype, Advertisements now steal focus from the text input box.  Infuriated chatters are likely to diminish the user base by a large margin as they uninstall the software in frustration.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Skype is a terrible piece of software. Paying a sub to use it adds insult to injury.

steelmouth
steelmouth

OK thats for the info I guess but its of no interest to me

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Did they get the hint when they only had 3 Xbone users actually paying to use Skype?

hotwog21
hotwog21

these are the reasons why i hate u

keep backpedaling u have a long way to go

u slow everything down by doing this kind of rubbish

now we are supposed to be grateful?

taken 6 months to get where we should of been at launch

serioulsy?

your jokers.

choke on your console

im starting to hope u dont wake up and get rid for the kinect just incase people do start buying your console.

but even then you would still have to get rid of the 3 operating systems

make it backward compatible with 360 and xbla games

and make it possible for chat between xboxone and xbox360 before ur have any hope of getting back in the race


and if anything believes this is progress your a clown wake up!!!!!!!!!

jako998
jako998

I bet you People are still going to Find a Way to Hate on Xbox one etc for this... Just you wait... ill be here waiting to see the ignorant comments.

FrankDuxx
FrankDuxx

Dear God hear me, believe it or not but the ps4 Virus still spreading even on those awesome news concerning the xbox one... they say the word ( 720p ) and they think that affect us, I really don't know what is wrong whit them is it mental issue? hooo you right God they have no fate on the PS4 its why they are sooo mean , that is not a healthy way to live. 

stickybun
stickybun

This is actually awesome. Screen sharing is awesome.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

At least we can bitch about them false advertising.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Well.. That's a handy thing to know.. Didn't wanna pay $4.99 a month to talk to friends online... But I've needed the ability to do so for some time.. So yeah.. Neat...

tom2750
tom2750

Skype group video calls now free on Xbox 720p, PC, and Mac*

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

bout time, never used to have to pay for group vid calls before ms took over. also never used to have to pay to screen share.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Sexy 720p Skype.

mattcake
mattcake

Always thought it's a bit weird to wanna see the person you're talking to anyway. I don't wanna see my mates ugly mooshes. And the last thing I need is my gf continually saying "can you answer that, I've just gotta put makeup on and do my hair before they can see me".

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I am a PS4 player and would NEVER touch your system Microsoft but THANK YOU for least doing something for your fans, ya assholes! About time! =)

zerofrust
zerofrust

What about the "Swatting" button? 

shingui5
shingui5

Huh, i thought Skype was free anyway?

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@randomkidlol although there are many free services you can download to use from the internet but complaining about paying a sub to use a service just goes to show how much of a cheapskate you are.

zrex2metagor
zrex2metagor

@mattcake umm....why would you not want to see the person that you're talking to? I talk to my parents/friends on skype and video chat with them. Not arguing, just curious :)

Majkic666
Majkic666

@ladies_man_xxx  well now if they could just remove the spam ads on skype that would be nice, i dont really have any interest in meeting russian singles 

stickybun
stickybun

@shingui5  It is… but Premium features, notably group chat and screen sharing are now available to everyone.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

They already make money off selling my personal info and raping me with ads. Why bother paying