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Skype 8.0 for Desktop gets Group Calls for Up to 24 People, Mentions, and More

Skype owned by Microsoft has officially rolled out an update to desktop client for Linux, macOS, and Windows. Called Skype v8.0, the latest version replaces the previously active Skype v7.0 for desktop, which was also known as Skype classic. 

This latest version will only
work after September 1, thus users of older versions are recommended to upgrade now to prevent a nasty surprise.

Skype v8.0 comes with features like free HD video and screensharing (group) calls that could bring together over 24 people at once, the Skype team wrote in a blog post late on Monday. To upgrade, users will need to visit Help > Check for Updates. Alternatively, they can visit the Skype download page.

"We built Skype version 8.0 based on feedback from our community, adding exciting new features while ensuring it is simple to use with the same familiar interface of Skype version 7.0," said the post.

Skype 8.0 includes message reactions, "@mentions" to send individual notifications in a group chat, a chat media gallery and an option to share up to 300MB of pictures and videos at a time over Skype.

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