Skype 5.0 Beta For Windows Brings 10-Way Video Calls

Windows: Popular video chat client Skype released an update to its version 5 beta today, bringing a new interface and the long-awaited ability to participate in video chats with more than two people.

The new interface is much more streamlined than the current version 4, splitting the main window much less confusingly into two simple panes: a buddy list and the Skype Home window, from which you can edit your profile and give feedback as well. And, as always, you can bring Skype back down to a compact view if you prefer to just see your contact list.

More interesting, though, is the addition of 10-way video calling, which is an even further step up from the previous five-way calling added earlier this year. It still looks like it’s going to be a premium feature in the long run — which is disappointing and sure to make Skype users continually jealous of iChat — but for now, you can download it and chat it up with 10 of your friends.

Skype 5.0 beta 2 is a free download for Windows only.

Make group video calls with up to 10 people with the new beta version of Skype for Windows [Skype Blog]

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