Microsoft has announced that they’re going to begin rolling out an update to Skype for iOS and Android that will support group video calling. The feature is not new though, as many smartphone users are familiar with such apps and websites that offer group video chat.
Skype began a preview program for the feature back in January. Tens of thousands of people registered, providing “invaluable feedback”. They’ve also added a number of features, such as increasing the number of people that can be involved in the group call from five to 25 people. There’s also a flexible interface. The user can choose a grid or a focus view, which automatically focuses on the person that’s speaking
However, it would only be available to the users of North America and Western Europe, initially. Its worldwide roll out is expected by the end of March, this year. Skype’s updated app will make it considerably easier for users to invite new people for group video chat.
Skype allows users to communicate over the Internet by voice using a microphone, by video by using a webcam, as well as with instant messaging. Skype-to-Skype calls to other users are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones (over traditional telephone networks) are charged via a debit-based user account system called Skype Credit. Microsoft bought Skype in May 2011 for $8.5 billion. Its Skype division headquarter is in Luxembourg.
Extra Info :
Microsoft CEO : Satya Nadella
Microsoft Headquarter : Redmond, Washington, United States
So lets discuss some questions related to this article which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Which company has recently launched Group video calling ?
2. How many people can be added in one group call?
3. Which company has bought Skype in 2011 ?
Courtesy : Tech Crunch