CES 2011: Skype Introduces Group Video Calling
Skype is having a big day. The popular video and voice service which allows friends and family to stay connected via the Web announced on Thursday that it delivers 25 percent of all international calling minutes worldwide.
Then Skype said at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it acquired Qik, a provider of live mobile video, for $100 million. And now, Skype has introduced a new feature that allows multi-person video calls , an addition that will have many fans applauding.
The service will only be available for Windows users and carries a fee of $5 for a day or $8.99 for a monthly period. Users can also try out the new feature via a seven-day trial offer.
As for Qik, videos can be shared in real time or stored for later. The service is already available on over 200 mobile phones across the Android , iPhone , Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Mobile platforms, and comes pre-loaded on a wide variety of mobile handsets through partnerships with leading handset manufacturers and carriers.
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