Skype Beta Adds Group Video Chat

Windows: The latest Skype beta – released today – adds support for group video calling, allowing you to video conference with up to five people simultaneously.

Currently the group video chat feature is only available on the Windows version, and while it’s currently free with the beta, there is a catch:

Group video calling is just one in a set of new premium features you’ll see us roll out during 2010. We haven’t set prices for these premium features yet, but rest assured that we’re still absolutely committed to bringing you free voice and two-way video calling.

It’s too bad that the group video chat probably won’t be available for free in the long term, especially since, for example, iChat’s had group video chat for a while now, and for free. Either way, it’s good to see Skype move in this direction, and we’re assuming that a lot of people will be excited to try it out.

If you give it a go, share how you like the new group video chat in the comments.

Skype Beta for Windows [via Skype Blog]

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