Why I'm NOT excited about Skype 5.0 with group video calls
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Skype 5.0 Beta 1 with multi-party video: Phil Wolff gives a tour...

skype50philwolff.jpgWhile I may rant about Skype's multiparty video being Windows-only (or "kvetch", according to the VoIP Princess), I still do think it is an excellent development. I'm on Skype conference calls quite often and it would be great to add video. More often, I'm in a video call with someone and we realize we need to bring someone into the call... which we do... and drop everyone to audio.

So, rants aside, I'm very much looking forward to trying out the feature whenever Skype makes it available for the Mac. In the meantime, those of us who choose the Mac will have to live vicariously through blog posts such as this one from Phil Wolff at Skype Journal:

Notes from Skype Group Video Test

Phil went screenshot-happy and captured a whole sequence of shots experimenting with the new feature. Looks very cool.

Thanks for sharing, Phil.

P.S. And by the way... nice hat! :-)

UPDATE: Just after publishing this post, I noticed that Phil has another post up, "Skype 5 beta and group video bandwidth" where he's investigating the network paths and video used by the multi-party video. Good stuff!

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