Skype just doubled the limit for participants in a call

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What you need to know

  • Skype 8.66 is now available.
  • The update brings support for up to 100 people in Skype calls.
  • The update also includes several fixes.

Skype 8.66 is now generally available. The latest update to Skype brings support for up to 100 participants within calls. It also includes several bug fixes and stability improvements.

Here is the complete changelog for the update, as found on a Microsoft Answers post (opens in new tab):

  • It's a big room: Now you can have those big conversations, because Skype calls now support up to 100 participants. Learn more about making a Skype call.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. We've moved some bugs to a nice farm upstate and made some improvements.

The Microsoft Answers post lists different OS versions in two separate groups, but the changes for all versions of Skype are the same. Support for up to 100 participants in calls and bug fixes are rolling out to Skype on Windows, Mac, Linux, the Web, Android, iPhone, and iPad.

The previous limit for Skype was 50 participants per call. Microsoft started testing a 100 person limit a few weeks ago to Skype Insiders and has now increased the limit for everyone.

With more people working and studying from home, it's always good to have an option to have more people on the call.

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5 Comments
  • "With more people working and studying from home, it's always good to have an option to have more people on the call." Yes, because I often study with 99 other people. It's very efficient.
  • There are university lectures and seminars with over 50 people in them. There are also other times you'd want a group of more than 50 people in a call.
  • That's what TEAMS is for. Just sayin'
  • I just realized that now there is the same background effects in Skype as there are in Teams, and there is also screen sharing ability. Although nobody else had these that I called.
  • I have the update since Wednesday. But yeah, spread is quite slow.