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Microsoft is doubling Skype group video chats to 50 participants

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Microsoft is planning to double the number of people that can participate in a Skype group video call. The software maker is testing a new change to Skype that will raise the limit from 25 people all the way up to 50 participants. It’s a change that will likely help smaller companies that rely on services like Skype to hold meetings, and it pushes past Apple’s limit of 32 people in FaceTime group video chats.

Microsoft is also managing this amount of calls by simply sending notifications to participants in large video calls, rather than having Skype ring all the members. You can also go ahead and call people once the call has begun if they don’t respond to the notification. Beta testers can access these new calling features in Skype immediately, and they’re expected to launch in Skype in the coming months.