Skype group calls now completely free on Xbox One

Multi-person calls also free on PC and Mac

Skype's group calling functionality is now available for free to Xbox One, PC and Mac users, Microsoft has confirmed, allowing up to ten people to take part in a single call session.

Previously, group video calling was only available to Xbox One users with an Xbox Live Gold membership.

"For the last few years, we've offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One," Microsoft explained on the Skype blog, "today, we're excited to announce that we're making group video calling free - for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we'll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms - at no cost."

The company added: "Now that Skype group video calling is available to everyone, free of charge, it makes our group conversations even easier! Group video calling enables so many important shared experiences, like my cycling team's regular training check-ins and catch-ups."

Microsoft acquired Skype for a reported $8.5 billion (£5b) in 2011, and went on to launch the service for Xbox 360, as well as replace its Windows Messenger platform with it.

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