Skype Doubles Group Call Limit to 50, Overtakes FaceTime's Max of 32

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Skype has increased the number of users that can be on the same audio or video group call to 50, up from the previous maximum of 25.


The bump up to 50 means bigger team chats and larger conference calls with speakers can take place, while full classes of students can participate in group calls.

The change also means Microsoft's Skype now beats Apple's FaceTime for the number of users that take part in a group call. FaceTime supports a maximum of 32 people.

In addition, Microsoft has made some changes to how larger Skype group calls start. Users now receive a notification to replace the default ringing sound, which is meant to allow every member of a group to receive a quick ping to join the call in a more unobtrusive way.

The audio and video buttons remain available to use in larger groups, so users can still mute their microphones or turn on/off their webcam.

Large group calling is available on the latest version of Skype for desktop and mobile.

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Relentless Power

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50 people Just Seems Way too convoluted and I’m not sure how you could even have a practical meeting/discussion with that many people involved. I’m curious how many companies/organizations, etc. would even be want to take advantage of 50 participants.
 

Nebulance

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We use Zoom at my work; it can handle at least 40, not sure if there’s a cap to it. Once a week we have a meeting that can get that large.

What really matters is how stable it is, and it performs quite well — very little problems, if any. Screen sharing works great, which is good because there’s always someone showing slides.
 

Relentless Power

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What really matters is how stable it is, and it performs quite well — very little problems, if any. Screen sharing works great, which is good because there’s always someone showing slides.
These are valid points. Maybe it’s not about the actual amount of people participating, but the actual stability/fluidity using a feature like this. If it’s cumbersome to use, then no one will ever use it. I can’t say really anything negative about a feature like this, because I have not experienced it, it just seems like it would be unintuitive with that many people involved.
 

Farsider

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I work in a massive Enterprise and we use Zoom too. We are all geographically distributed so face to face isn't possible.

We have embedded a culture of ‘video on by default’ and the change in professional relationship building has been staggering. Sure it was a little uncomfortable for most at first but now its the norm. It’s just so much more personable than an audio bridge or chat window.

We have held 50-100 person Zoom video calls. It’s easy to manage, performance is quite remarkable considering what is actually happening and it just works really well. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Based on our experience, it’s easy to see why Skype have done this. They need to compete.
 

Scottsoapbox

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I think my personal max video con at work is 6 people. And zoom is better than either of these.
 

AngstyKylo

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I work in a massive Enterprise and we use Zoom too. We are all geographically distributed so face to face isn't possible.

We have embedded a culture of ‘video on by default’ and the change in professional relationship building has been staggering. Sure it was a little uncomfortable for most at first but now its the norm. It’s just so much more personable than an audio bridge or chat window.

We have held 50-100 person Zoom video calls. It’s easy to manage, performance is quite remarkable considering what is actually happening and it just works really well. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Based on our experience, it’s easy to see why Skype have done this. They need to compete.
Thanks, nice insight.
 
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69Mustang

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Utterly useless feature.
Counterpoint:
I work in a massive Enterprise and we use Zoom too. We are all geographically distributed so face to face isn't possible.

We have embedded a culture of ‘video on by default’ and the change in professional relationship building has been staggering. Sure it was a little uncomfortable for most at first but now its the norm. It’s just so much more personable than an audio bridge or chat window.

We have held 50-100 person Zoom video calls. It’s easy to manage, performance is quite remarkable considering what is actually happening and it just works really well. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Based on our experience, it’s easy to see why Skype have done this. They need to compete.
One of these things is not like the other.:p:D
 

e-coli

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Microsoft products are complete garbage developed by a company paralyzed by its own compartmentalizations and operating in a culture of fear. It shows in every product they make, with the sole exception of Xbox.

I had a family member with an Android phone (the rest of the family has iPhones) and while my grandmother was on her death bed, we all took a moment to FaceTime with her. It meant SO much, and those were beautiful and heartbreaking moments. My family member with an Android, her son, couldn’t get Skype to work and never got a chance to see her before she was gone.

I would never allow my life to rely on a Microsoft product. Life’s too short.
 
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guzhogi

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Microsoft did upped the game.

10 years in the future, we’d look back to this forum and laugh how 50 is nothing compared to ... say maybe 1,000 users?
By then, how big a screen/how many screens would we need to see everyone?

I could see this as helpful for large/geographically diverse classes, especially if there aren't enough people to hold a traditional classroom class.
 

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50 people Just Seems Way too convoluted and I’m not sure how you could even have a practical meeting/discussion with that many people involved. I’m curious how many companies/organizations, etc. would even be want to take advantage of 50 participants.
I'm confused because we use Skype at work for IM, video conferences, and such and we've always had hundreds of people in on a meeting at once, how is this any different?
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Microsoft products are complete garbage developed by a company paralyzed by its own compartmentalizations and operating in a culture of fear. It shows in every product they make, with the sole exception of Xbox.

I had a family member with an Android phone (the rest of the family has iPhones) and while my grandmother was on her death bed, we all took a moment to FaceTime with her. It meant SO much, and those were beautiful and heartbreaking moments. My family member with an Android, her son, couldn’t get Skype to work and never got a chance to see her before she was gone.

I would never allow my life to rely on a Microsoft product. Life’s too short.
Sounds like user error.
 

johannnn

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I bet my iPhone XS that the 0.00001 of groups that need >32 are large corporations that currently uses Zoom (our company included). And I think NONE of those corporations run Apple only, which is needed for FaceTime.
Therefore, this news don’t belong in an Apple blog, because this feature is not a competitor to FaceTime. Instead, the news belong in a Skype blog, which is real competition.
 

Osxguy

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Who Has 50 friends. At that point my anxiety kicks into overdrive and I should just be at a crowded pub.
 

JetTester

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Except for professional conferencing, I see no value in this. And for those users, there are better tools than Skype.
 

Porco

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Personally I don't like videocalls (or Microsoft) much, but if you can’t imagine how this could possibly be useful for some groups of people or companies I don’t think you're exercising your imagination very much tbh.
 
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