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Skype Launches Group Video Calling for up to 10 Users Per Call

January 6, 2011 | Chris Payatagool
skype_groupcalling_multipoint.jpgToday, Skype announced the release of a multipoint videoconferencing feature designed for businesses users.  The company is targeting employers who are shifting to an anytime/anywhere workplace model to increase employee productivity and collaboration. The offering is called Group Video Calling, Skype users can connect with up to nine other callers for prices starting at $6.99 per month for a three to 12-month subscription for those businesses using Skype Manager.

"With Group Video Calling, we can offer business people an easy way to stay connected and collaborate face-to-face with multiple colleagues, partners or customers around the world," said David Gurle, General Manager and Vice President of Skype's Enterprise business unit. "The Business version of Skype is great for live meetings and it offers a compelling low-cost option compared to competing solutions that are often complicated, costly or difficult to deploy."

The business version of Skype offers a powerful communications platform for individuals to interact in real-time over high quality audio and video, conference calling, instant messages, SMS, or even by sharing files or screen sharing one's desktop or a presentation.
 
Skype recently released an interesting survey they commissioned which illustrates how video calling is impacting the modern workplace. The study (http://blogs.skype.com/business/2010/12/future_of_work.html) found that 68% of technology-empowered workers report video calling makes communication richer and more productive with colleagues, clients and suppliers.

Approximately 37 percent of Skype users say they use Skype's product platform occasionally or often for business-related purposes. In addition, video calling accounted for approximately 41.5 percent of all Skype-to-Skype minutes in the second half of 2010.

Group Video Calling for businesses is available from Skype for $8.99 per user per month. Skype is offering a 33% promotional discount to businesses who use Skype Manager to sign up their employees for a 3 or 12-month subscription.

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