Microsoft added free group chat to the Windows desktop version of Skype, along with the Mac and Xbox One ports, back in April. In today's announcement, Microsoft stated:
When building the group video calling experience for modern Windows, we optimized so that the three most talkative people – plus yourself – are visible at the same time. However, you can be on a call with up to 10 people: their videos will show up once they start speaking.
Sadly, there's no update from the development team on when the free group calling feature on Skype will make its way to the Windows Phone, iOS or Android platforms. In the meantime, the updated Windows 8.1 app is now available for download in the Windows Store. What do you think of Microsoft adding group chat features to the Windows 8.1 version of Skype?