The Skype 5.0 beta release was launched this week, bringing with it the ability to hold five-way video chat sessions amongst your group of contacts. Much like in an instant messaging conversation, you can now add contacts to chat sessions, who can drop in and out as they please.
So far, only a Windows version has been released, but Mac users are promised an update too later on in the year.
“With the latest version, you’ll be able to bring the whole family together for a chat, for lunch, or even for a birthday,” notes a post on the Skype blog. “You’ll be able to spend quality time with your best friends, planning a trip, or even hosting a book club. And you’ll be able to meet with colleagues from across the world without leaving your desk.
“Once you’re all set up, it’s easy to start a group call – just use the Add button to invite people into the conversation, and click the Video Call button. Group video calling is just one in a set of new premium features you’ll see us roll out during 2010. We haven’t set prices for these premium features yet, but rest assured that we’re still absolutely committed to bringing you free voice and two-way video calling.”
Head on over to the Skype website to pick up the 5.0 beta for Windows, and check out their preview of all the new features.