the tech giant has introduced exactly the feature that its users wanted on its video and voice calling platform.
Microsoft Corporation’s most popular platform for video and voice calling is Skype but this platform’s mobile app lacked the option of having a group video call. All of skype’s rival s such as WhatsApp and Hangouts has had these rumors going around according to which these platforms were supposed to this option but no such rumors were heard for Skype in this time span. However, confirmed news has finally surfaced according to which the popular calling service will now have a group video calling option through which numerous new customers will be attracted towards the application.
Despite the fact that this is not a new feature for the Skype platform or for its users for that matter but the service had not been introduced on its mobile app yet – so it is a smart way of increasing user engagement. The latest development will be able to work for both android as well as iOS users and they will be able to enjoy the new experience.
The new feature at this point will just be made available for users in North America and Western Europe but they technology giant has promised to make the service available all across the globe towards the end of March 2016. The news was announced earlier last month regarding the feature but has been confirmed quite recently.
On its desktop version, the video and voice calling platform allows up to 25 users on a group call with 1080p and also allows its users to switch between front and back camera. This feature has been made available due to the increased demand. Initially, this feature of having 25 people on one group call was not a tough job for the company however on smartphone this will be quite difficult task for the company to figure out.
The service works in such a way that during the call, the user’s screen is on the top right corner of the screen and as it adds more participants onto the call, Skype automatically tries to adjust the new entrants onto the screen as much as it can. If there are over seven people on one call, the display is in such a way that all of the participants of the call appear on the bottom of the screen while the person who is using the feature is highlighted by default. Additionally, users have to option to adjust the participants as per their own preference too.
Additionally, the company has added another feature to the update according to which a user is able to add a person who is not a Skype user. This is down via default sharing tools that are on android and iOS which allows people to add whoever they want to a Skype call.
Right after the announcement was made by the tech giant, a number of users signed up for the service beforehand to gain access to it – this act clearly shows that people really wanted this feature to be made available on smartphone. The Vice President of the company, Gurdeep Pall stated that there has been a 600 increase in group call which pretty much happened overnight.