By Joanna Stern posted May 5th 2010 10:39AM

Well, it’s taken long enough, Skype! Starting next week you will finally be able to video call with up to five people using the company’s Group Video Calling feature. The beta, which will be available sometime for download during the week of May 10th, will initially be free, but Skype plans to start charging for the multi-party video fun later in the year. We’re not sure if it will support HD calling, but you can bet your bottom dollar that corporations may consider replacing their surely complex videoconferencing setup with this. In other Skype news, the company is rolling out new calling plans to more than 170 countries — from the looks of the PR after the break, it seems like it could end up saving you big time in comparison to the pay-as-you-go rates. We like savings, sure, but we’ll be even more stoked should this ever land on camera-equipped smartphones and tablets.

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