After spending some time in beta testing, Skype finally brings support for 50 people in a call to everyone. Previously Skype only allowed 25 people max in a group video or audio call. Compared to that Apple’s Facetime allows 32 participants. They have also changed how the call starts. Unlike the default ringing, now Skype pushes a simple notification asking you to join the call. However, the call maker can ring individual members and can even ring everyone if the number of participants is less than 25.
Starting today, Skype is doubling the amount of people that can simultaneously be on a video or audio group call. You can now call and have up to 50 people in a call, all at once. Whether you’re catching up with your friends, having a team status update, or a conference call with speakers based all around the globe, Skype makes it easy to get everyone in one place. Every Skype group with up to 50 people now supports calling, whether you’re ringing just your best friend or 45 coworkers.
Group call notifications
With the increase in the number of participants, we also made a few changes to how these larger calls start. We added a notification to replace the ringing as the default, allowing every member of the group to receive a quick ping to join the call. These notifications are a simple, unobtrusive way to get your calls and meetings (be it between family, friends, podcast guests, or coworkers) started. If the notification of starting a call is not enough, you can select individual members to ring, or if your group is less than 25 participants, you can ring the entire group.
Skype made it easier for you to get together with a larger group of people.
Large group calling is available on the latest version of Skype. For more questions about group calls and our new notifications, read our support article. We also love to hear from you on the Skype Community, where millions of Skype users have registered to share their expertise, feedback, and Skype stories.