Microsoft is planning to maximize the number of people who can be part of the Skype group call between 25 and 50 members. To remember, Skype got free group video calling on the desktop in 2014, before launching it on the web next year, then Android, iOS and Windows 10 mobile, and finally, less than 25 participants introduced a year ago. Now, the company has announced tests for group video calling up to 50 participants, with the latest version of Skype available in its beta program.
Keeping the call ringing feature fully optional, Skype will send a notification to the group 22.214.171.124 to inform the incoming call to users. These features have been made available for insider preview beta testers on all platforms and will probably roll out later in more detail.
The company wrote in a blog post, “When you start a call in groups, it will send a notification to all the members instead of ringing, which can not be included in it.”
With this update, Skype is also enabling audio and video buttons in large groups, so that users can easily mute their microphone or turn their webcam on or off as per their convenience.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the rollout of the new version of HD video calling in addition to call recording, notification panel, easy search, chat media gallery. Specifically, however, this feature was only available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, which was missing from support for browsers like Safari and Firefox, such as Linux.