The feature has been available on standard desktop programs since April, but Microsoft have just rolled out free group video calling for the modern Skype app on Windows 8.1.
An updated version of the Metro client is now available on the Windows Store, allowing users to chat with multiple people at the same time on all devices running the modern flavor the operating system, including PCs and tablets.
Up to 10 different contacts can chat at the same time, and their videos will show up once they start speaking. However, according to Microsoft’s own studies, most calls include three or four participants.
This is what the company said on the official blog:
“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.”
Additionally, the refreshed Skype client also provides improved functionality when chatting with multiple clients. For example, only one can be shown full screen.
It also comes with enhanced multitasking capabilities, allowing the ability to run in Snap View mode, meaning users can chat with others while browsing the web, reading emails and all that. As expected, these new features are exclusive to Windows 8.1.
So if you are still running Windows 8 and want access to them, you will have to upgrade to Windows 8.1, and then download the app from the Windows store here.