Microsoft is planning to double the number of people that can participate in a Skype group video call. The software maker is testing a new change to Skype that will raise the limit from 25 people all the way up to 50 participants.
This is definitely a change that will help small companies that rely on services like Skype to hold meetings, and it pushes past Apple’s limit of 32 people in FaceTime group video chats.
They are also adding the notification feature to all group video calls, by making ringing completely optional. When you start a video call in these smaller groups, they will send a notification to your group rather than having Skype ring all the members. (just like in the large calls). But if you still want to ring, you will be given the option once the call has begun.
Beta testers can access these new calling features in Skype immediately, and are expected to launch on Skype in the coming months.