Skype Beta 5.0 allows ten-way video calls

Video software doubles chat group limit

Added functionality and stability

Skype has released a new beta of its video communication software.

The big talking point of the second Skype 5.0 beta is the ten-way group video function, which is accessible providing each of the ten users has the new beta release installed.

The new test release, currently Windows-only, also includes increased stability and a slicker and less “computery” look.

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The beta also adds a function called “Skype Home”, a social-sounding functionality that the official blog says lets you; “follow your contacts' mood messages, set your profile picture and mood message, receive account notifications and learn more about using Skype.”

The Skype blog states that group video calling is “currently available as a free trial”, although doesn’t mention any future changes or charges. Stay tuned to, the T3 Facebook page and Twitter streams for more details.

Link: Skype Blog