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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: Skype Doubles Group Call Limit to 50, Overtakes FaceTime's Max of 32
  2. telegix macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Spend a lot of my day in meetings, most people don't even bother with a video being turned on. I fail to see how useful 32 people are at the same time.. let alone 50...
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  4. squizzler macrumors regular


    Feb 11, 2019
    You Kay
  5. Pepe4life macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2018
    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Video calling with 50 people? Sounds like a mess to me.
  6. Jyby macrumors 6502a

    May 31, 2011
  7. Nebulance macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2010
    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.
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  9. Farsider macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2014
    London, UK
    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.
  10. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    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?
  11. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    I think my personal max video con at work is 6 people. And zoom is better than either of these.
  12. AngstyKylo macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2018
    London UK
    Thanks, nice insight.
  13. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    One of these things is not like the other.:p:D
  14. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    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.
  15. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    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.
  16. Intellectua1 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    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?
    --- Post Merged, Apr 5, 2019 ---
    Sounds like user error.
  17. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    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.
  18. Farsider macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2014
    London, UK
  19. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    I got the entire world on video right now. Beat that, Skype
  20. Osxguy macrumors member


    Jun 23, 2010
    San Jose
    Who Has 50 friends. At that point my anxiety kicks into overdrive and I should just be at a crowded pub.
  21. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Except for professional conferencing, I see no value in this. And for those users, there are better tools than Skype.
  22. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    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.
  23. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's not?
  24. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
  25. MadDawg2020 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    So is FaceTime. It’s included on every Mac and iOS device.

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