Skype is the most used VoIP client. I personally use it converse with my friends abroad. We hold group discussions and have a lot of fun, thanks to Skype’s free unlimited PC-to-PC calls. About 2 months when my friends and I needed to hold a joint video conference, Skype fell short of the task. We ended up abandoning the idea and continued with our group voice chat. But guessing from the latest Skype related news, I will be able to have video conferences with my friends very soon.
In San Francisco, Skype has just recently announced a video conferencing feature to be released. The current plan is to release a beta for the feature. There will be a restriction of 5 people per video call. The new beta version will be deployed on the web next week. First only Windows versions will see the beta; the Mac version will be released later this year.
It is not all rosy though – Skype plans to make the feature a paid service. Skype plans to introduce other features to its desktop application; they will be pay-for features as well.
At least we all will be able to enjoy the video call feature in its beta stage for free. So let us hope it stays in the beta for quite some time.