Skype has released an updated version of their quite popular video sharing app which brings a couple of new features to the table, mainly group screen sharing.
Skype has always had the capability to group video chat, but group screen share is kinda new. It’s a welcome addition – I could see it coming in handy for many people around the world.
The only other new update is a mini-call-window, which will always sit on top of your other apps and allow you to watch/control your call whilst multitasking. I could see this coming in handy, and I usually have to use a third party app like Afloat to keep my skype window over the others.
The new “Call control bar” is available free with the update to skype 5.2; group screen sharing isn’t. You need to have a subscription to Skype Premium, which will cost you $4.50 a month if you go for a 12 month subscription.
Interesting about the timing, didn’t Google just release Hangouts with Google+? In case you don’t know, Hangouts is google’s group video calling servgroup-video-sharing-460.jpgice that is integrated into Google+. A timing coincidence? I think not.
Skype is trying to keep ahead of everyone else with new features, but because social networks are so popular and you already have lots of contacts added, they are going to get an advantage over proprietary networks such as skype.