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Skype Group Video Calling To Remain Free on Xbox One

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During E3 2013 last year it was announced that Skype Group Video Calling would be free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on Xbox One. You can imagine that there was some confusion when later down the line around the launch of Xbox One in November 2013 that this was reduced to a six-month promotion only; it is has been announced now that this great feature for multiple video chat is to remain free on Xbox One.

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Skype is proud that, since our beginning, we’ve created opportunities for people to communicate freely and easily, no matter where they are; from keeping in touch with remote family members or calling home when traveling to chatting daily with your close circles of friends. While Skype is known for one to one video calling, we know it’s also essential to connect with the groups of people who matter most, whether friends, family or colleagues. For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.

This is promising news especially for Xbox One users who do not have the luxury of UNO and Xbox LIVE Vision cam to see more than one person through video discussions as per Xbox 360 users* Out of interest if you are yet to purchase an Xbox One, Skype uses the new Kinect camera to send Skype video calls in full 1080p HD resolution. Because Kinect on Xbox One has a wide-angle field of view, everyone can sit and chat comfortably. Skype and Xbox One work together seamlessly so that you don’t have to lift a finger to make or receive a call. Just say: “Xbox Skype” followed by their name and Skype will do the rest

Thanks: Skype Blog

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Skype on Xbox One Updated

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Skype on Xbox One has now had an update to improve some of the features available. A full run down of the update was listed on the Skype Blog and includes:

Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype on their PC to their phone and now to their living room. So we’ve been focused on enhancing this experience, keeping conversations in sync and reducing the number of missed messages to make your chat experience even better. Improved chat is now synchronized and comes with push notifications, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer chat history – up to 1,000 messages, rather than just the past 7 days.

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Emoticons: As you might have seen earlier today, Skype chat now has new “hidden heroes” emoticons based on characters from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier to convey even more action-packed emotion with your Skype friends. These limited-edition emoticons will also be coming to Skype for Xbox One.

Contact Filtering: With this update, you’ll have the ability to filter your contacts by who is online, so you won’t have to scroll through your entire contacts list to find someone to chat with.

First Time Tutorial: If you’re new to Skype for Xbox One, never fear! We’ve created a tutorial for first time users to make learning the ins and outs of video calling and chatting in your living room easier than ever.

Swatting Bugs: In the past few months, we’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to fix some of the issues our users have been experiencing. So keep telling us what you’re finding, and we’ll keep improving the experience to make Skype for Xbox One the best it can be.

Via: Skype