Skype’s 10-Way Video Calling Released

Got to love the idea of competition in the market. The quality of Skype is getting better and the price getting lower.

The VoIP company apparently has had a great success with their five-way beta group video-calling functionality — just recently released a new version of Skype 5.0 for Windows that supports ten-way group video calling now. No mention of the release date for MAC OS yet. So. Those Mac lover, hang in there.

Skype 5.0 beta two is already available for download; it includes 10-way video calls, automatic call recovery and a cleaner user interface. The update is also said to improve call quality and includes a number of bug fixes to make the overall experience much smoother.

This is an Awesome news for the industry. I believe that video calling is at an inflection point with the rapid deployment of broadband, the broad availability of connected screens and the progress in CPU and video compression technologies.

Over the next year or two, we’re going to see some incredible advances and possibly wars in this field – it already started with Google. Given Google voice is free, it will be interesting to see how ugly the war between the two services become.

The day is fast approaching when the ability to hold a video phone call (who knows what we’ll eventually call it) is taken for granted.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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