The next big step - say hello to group video calling

Luxembourg, (PresseBox) - Today we're offering you a preview of our brand new version of Skype, which supports group video calling for up to 5 people.

With the latest version, you'll be able to bring the whole family together for a chat, for lunch, or even for a birthday. You'll be able to spend quality time with your best friends, planning a trip, or even hosting a book club. And you'll be able to meet with colleagues from across the world without leaving your desk.

Be aware that group video calling is currently in 'beta' - this means that there might be a few rough edges, and that it might not work perfectly every time. We welcome your feedback - either in the comments below, on Twitter, or via our dedicated feedback survey. We're planning to release an updated official version later this year, but if you're keen to try it today, you can download the new version of Skype now.

To make group video calls, the people you're calling will also need to be running the new version, so make sure you let your friends and family know they can also download the beta by posting this on Facebook and Twitter. Once you're all set up, it's easy to start a group call - just use the Add button to invite people into the conversation, and click the Video Call button.

To get the best experience possible, you'll need a fast, uncongested Internet connection and a reasonably new computer, but we've developed group video calling to work on a wide variety of connection types and hardware.

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 twoway video calling.

Oh, and for those Mac users out there, don't worry - we'll be launching group video calling on the Mac later in the year too

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