Skype — apparently pleased with its five-way beta group video-calling functionality — has just released a new version of Skype 5.0 for Windows that doubles group support. It now allows for up to 10 video callers.
Skype 5.0 beta two is already available for download; it includes 10-way video calls, automatic call recovery and a cleaner user interface. The update is also said to improve call quality and includes a number of bug fixes to make the overall experience much smoother.
Of course, the standout feature is 10-way video calling, something that certainly one-ups their own previous offering and makes it suitable for even larger virtual team meetings and mini family reunions. Of course, it also makes Gmail’s () video-calling functionality look like the ugly step sister — a proactive move on the part of Skype () to combat recent buzz surrounding Gmail Voice Calling.
Still, Skype does caution that 5.0 is beta, and hence, very buggy. It’s also limited to Windows () users, and 10-way video calls require all group chatters to be using the same second beta version of the app.
Have you tested out five-way video calls? Are you ready to upgrade to the 10-person variety? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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