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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How to make a Free Group Call in Skype as challenge to Google Plus Hangouts and WhatsApp

Common Sense, long thought missing from Microsoft’s Redmond, Virginia Headquarters, seems to have returned with the new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft has now turned their attention to Skype, with the introduction of Free Group Video Calls as reported “SKYPE GROUP VIDEO CALLS ARE NOW FREE FOR WINDOWS, MAC AND XBOX ONE USERS”, published April 28, 2014 By Konrad Krawczyk, DigitalTrends and “Microsoft begins rolling out free Skype group video calling”, published April 28, 2014 -- 13:29 GMT (06:29 PDT) by Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet.


This was officially announced on their Official Microsoft Blog and is available as of Sunday April 28th2014 for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, or Microsoft Xbox One users. 

I suspect the same must also be true for Skype Cloud, the name I call Skype used via a Browser with no software installed as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Skype clocks 2 Billion Minutes per Day worth of VoIP Calls driven by the Mobile Computing Revolution

After having made Microsoft Office 365 available on the Apple iPad so that Microsoft can finally start making money from Microsoft Office as stated in my Geezam blog article entitled “Microsoft to introduce Office to Apple iPad on Thursday March 27th 2014”.

Skype’s now accessible via the Cloud, with a new Setup that allows you to access and use Skype in your Browser WITHOUT installing it on your computer. All you have to do is open a Microsoft Outlook and sign up for a free email account as pointed out in my Geezam blog article entitled “Skype-ing from your Browser now possible as WhatsApp conspires to kill International Calling”.

So with Google+ already doing Hangouts with Group Chats for Free, Microsoft realized that having customer’s pay for this feature since they had acquired the company back in July 2011 is pointless. 

They’d be driving away their 2 billion plus customers as pointed out in my Geezam blog article entitled “Skype clocks 2 Billion Minutes per Day worth of VoIP Calls driven by the Mobile Computing Revolution” from their service to Google+.

So lovers of Skype and Microsoft, celebrate the return of Compendium Consensus Reality aka Common Sense back to Microsoft with the arrival of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

How to make a Free Group Call in Skype – Google+ now officially a Ghost Town Again

So how do you make Free Group Video Calls in Skype? First, watch the informative video below::


Follow these simple instructions as listed in “HOW TO MAKE A SKYPE GROUP VIDEO CALL FOR FREE”, published April 28, 2014 by Konrad Krawczyk, Digitaltrends and you’re all set:

1.      Open Skype on Windows, Mac, or Xbox One
2.      Select one of the people for your Group Call
3.      Click the + or Plus menu to the right of your friend’s list
4.      Click Add People
5.      Click in the pop-up list labeled Choose contacts
6.      Choose who you want to have in your Group Call
7.      Click Select to add them, using Remove to remove unwanted members of the Group Call
8.      Click Add once you've added all people to your Group call
9.      Click on Video Call button to initiate the Video Call

Note that you can also add anyone even if not in your contacts list by typing their phone number in the Search field in the Choose contacts pop-up menu.  With this feature now free from a Premium Skype Account, Microsoft can face whatever comes from WhatsApp by June 2014!

I’ve predicted this will be Free VoIP Calling with a Premium VoIP Video Calling moneymaker as prophesied in my blog article entitled “WhatsApp VoIP Calling in Second Quarter of 2014 - WhatsApp kills International Calling at the Advent of Facetime-eqsue Premium Video VoIP Calling on smartphones”.

Let’s hope that Microsoft will eventually roll out this Free Group Calling Feature to smartphones as well by that time!

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