Using tools like Skype makes any computer a potential video conferencing platform, as long as it is set up with the Skype software, and good quality webcam, microphone. Skype currently supports only 2 parties in a video conferencing session.
Multi-party video conferencing has been one of the most requested enhancements to Skype. With the release of Skype 5 beta, upto 5 parties can now participate in a video conferencing session.
Businesses should be interested in this development. Video conferencing has always been a good way to save money by reducing travel costs. It also has many other benefits.
Skype multi-party video conferencing is now another option to be considered, alongside more expensive options such as using an expensive multipoint control unit (MCU).
Multi-party video conferencing just became a lot more accessible, to a lot more people.