Join Lisa Larson-Kelley for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a group video call with Skype for Windows desktop, part of Up and Running with Skype for Windows.
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Group calling in Skype allows you to invite up to ten people to join you in a conference call. This can be a video or audio-only call. There are a couple of requirements though. On Windows you need to use Skype for Windows Desktop instead of Skype for Windows 8 as I covered in the previous movie where we installed the desktop version. Also you need to have a Skype Premium account to start a group video call. Other people without Premium accounts can join the call but the person who initiates it needs to be a Premium account holder. With a Premium account you get group video calling, group screen sharing, no banner ads, live chat customer support.
And unlimited calls to a country of your choice. You can upgrade your account to a premium account for 9.99 a month. If you have a premium account, and have Skype for Windows Desktop installed, let me show you how to start a group video call. Here we are in Skype for Windows Desktop. I'm going to invite a few of my contacts into a call. To do so, click on this Group Chat icon. And then you can just drag and drop the people that you want to be in the call. Once you have everyone there, you could save this group in your contacts if you call the same group of people often, or you can just initiate a call.
So I'm going to click a video call and here comes Scott. And great, everybody's here. So thanks so much for joining my call and helping me demonstrate this. And everything looks great. We can see everybody. And that's all I needed. Thanks, guys. So there are a few limitations to these group calls, there are a few limitations. Microsoft suggests that you limit your calls to five people for the best video quality and you need to have a fast computer at least one Giga Hertz CPU and 512 Megabytes of memory.
You can't start a Group Video Call in Skype from Mobile, Linux and of course Skype for Windows 8. However, you can participate in it if someone else invited you. Group Video Calls can be really useful when working with remote teams or just getting the family together to catchup.
- Getting the right equipment
- Launching Skype
- Adding and managing contacts
- Making audio and video calls
- Using Skype on mobile devices
- Setting up Skype voicemail
- Recording Skype calls
- Sharing your screen
- Making group calls
- Managing privacy settings