Thursday, May 1, 2014

Skype's Video Calling Is Now Free For Everyone

The day has come where Skype's group video calling feature is free for everyone to take advantage of. Skype has had video calling since 2010, but in 2011 they made it a feature that you had to pay extra for in order to use.

Currently, group video calls aren't supported on mobile, but the company has said that they are working on making this available across all platforms. This probably means that group video calling will be coming to mobile in the near future at no cost.

Back in 2010 when Skype first came out with group video calls, it was the only service that could offer that type of feature on such a large scale. Around the time that Google+ and Google Hangouts came about, they changed the game by offering the same thing for free. Many people ditched Skype for Google Hangouts, especially when it came to professional group video calling for business related purposes. Why wouldn't they? Google really stuck it to Skype with that one.

However, it quickly became clear that Google Hangouts wasn't quite as reliable as the service that Skype was offering. Google was still the main choice just because it was free, and Google was the first to bring group video chats to its mobile apps, which was a huge convenience. The Google Hangouts service kept getting better, and last year they even started integrating all of the VolP, text, video and chat features into Google Hangouts which made it even more convenient and made Skype less relevant.

Since Skype has decided to make their group video calling feature free, this probably means that they realize they have fallen behind because of services like Google Hangouts. Google isn't the only one either; there is FaceTime, ooVoo, Tango, Line, Viber, Qik, and so many other services doing the same thing, that it is actually amazing that Skype hasn't fallen off the map completely yet.

It doesn't take much for a website or service to be forgotten about these days when something new and better comes out. Maybe making their group video calling feature free will be enough to save them, but they may have waited a little bit too long on this one. The one thing they have going for them is the fact that they are probably one of the most reliable video calling services, and they were the biggest name for a while. They still have the most recognized name in their field, so maybe bouncing back won't be that hard.

The main point here is this: the service is free now, so go ahead and take advantage of it.

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