14 April 2019
Microsoft is bringing some key changes to the group calling feature on its video communication application, Skype. The latest beta build doubles the existing group video call participant limit from 25 to 50.
The update will also enable audio/video buttons for larger group video calls allowing participants to easily turn off or mute their webcam or mic. It also aims to bring in a slightly less annoying experience for users by sending a notification to each individual for a large call rather than ringing each participant individually.
The latest build of Skype insider can be downloaded from the official website, should you feel like trying the new group call experience. For Windows 10 you need to be in the Windows Insider program while Linux or MacOS users can download it directly.
Since the feature is still in its beta testing mode, it may have some rough edges, however, we expect Microsoft to roll it out to the public in coming weeks once the testing is finished.
Do you regularly use Zoom, Skype or some other group video call software? Do let us know your experience if you happen to try the new Skype feature?