Microsoft Updates Windows 8 Skype App With Support For Group Video Calling And More

Introducing free group video calling for modern Windows

Microsoft today updated their Skype app in Windows Store. In April, Microsoft announced that their group video calling experience free to existing platforms, with additional device support coming soon. Today, with this app update, they are bringing the feature to Windows tablets and Windows 2 in 1 devices. Watch the video demo above to see how it works.

  • We’ve found that most group calls take place between three or four participants.  When building the group video calling experience for modern Windows, we optimized so that the three most talkative people – plus yourself – are visible at the same time.
  • However, you can be on a call with up to 10 people: their videos will show up once they start speaking.
  • Also, if you want to see someone that isn’t currently talking, simply double tap on them and their video will go full screen.  To go back to the gallery of all participants, double tap again.This way you can focus on anyone, at any moment.
  • Finally, if you want to browse the web, watch a video or check emails during a group video call, you can resize Skype so that it only takes up part of your screen. This way you can multitask while chatting with your friends or family just like they are with you.

Update your app from Windows Store for free.