The Skype team has released a new update across all platforms that allows you to add up to 100 participants to a group call. Skype group calls have increased in number during the global pandemic, especially since they are free. However, keep in mind that the maximum number of video streams varies depending on the platform.
Skype is already accepting a hundred participants
Here are the full release notes for this new Skype update (version 8.66), which is now available on Windows, Mac, Linux, the web, as well as iOS and Android:
Large Room: Now you can have those interesting conversations as Skype calls now support up to 100 participants. Fixed bugs and improved stability. New messages do not appear at the top of recent messages. Language settings changed Automatically in English. Logging out blocks the app on Android. Problems downloading or uploading files. Problems with disappearance of bookmarks from contact list on Windows.
Skype is definitely a solid alternative that sits in the shadow of the teams. Microsoft Teams for consumers supports group chats, voice and video calling, as well as group calendars and other shared activities, although all of these consumer features are mobile-only at this time. It will be interesting to see how Skype and Microsoft Teams coexist in the future, although teams have enjoyed a much higher level of momentum this year due to their Microsoft 365 integrations.