It feels like yesterday that Skype launched its video calling feature but it has actually been 10 whole years! And what better way to celebrate than to launch a new feature! Here comes group video calling – on Skype – on mobile devices!
Skype used to be just a fixture on our desktop devices. Then, six years ago it came to mobile devices, by way of smartphones. It’s hard to believe, but Skype has been around for 10 years now and 750 million users have downloaded it on their mobile devices – on iOS, Android, but also Window Phone. Skype has given its users almost a trillion minutes of video calling over the years – and it’s all been totally free.
Now, group video calling isn’t actually that special as it’s been around on desktop for ages, plus WeChat – Chinese competitor to almost every “Western” social network – has already launched this functionality for up to nine people, only months ago. However, now it’s on mobile devices.
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Group video calling is expected to help Skype take back dominance of the very market it once opened up ten years ago – much of its growth in the last two years has been due to the group video calling feature on desktop apps. Video messaging is another very important source of growth.
With platforms such as Facebook Messenger becoming the norm for people’s communication needs, and taking a big chunk of the pie, we can only assume that challenging them is easier said, than done.
The feature will be available for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile device-users within the next few weeks, and if you just can’t contain yourself you can pre-register here and you’ll get a peak of the action!