Alternatives to Skype for all platforms with any license

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  • Telegram icon

    Telegram

    Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful. .

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear PortableApps.com FreeBSD

    • Telegram does not - currently - support VoIP calls. It's exclusively an instant messaging platform. Guest • Nov 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • I use skype for voip and telegram doesn't have voip. patitsas10 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Discord icon

    Discord

    All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone

    • Functionality of teamspeak but with the ease of access and clean design better than skype. Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • it's more secure and less laggy than skype Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Not even a bit of CPU is used. It's great for gaming, free, and NO ADS. LouieK22Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • I've never found a desktop messaging software that works half as good and stably as Discordapp on a web browser. So much that I couldn't be bother to even try the Windows software.... I use the APP on my Droid, which is every bit as good and yet unbeatable from any other messaging service that I tried. Also excellent for rapid file and image (full quality) droppings. m80116Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Hangouts

    Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls – one to one or with a group! ...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Android Wear

    • Its email systems voice and screen sharing file send it really good. That's why it is better then skype Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Slack icon

    Slack

    Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone BSD Apple Watch Electron / Atom Shell

    • With the new VOIP it has replaced Skype in our office. OlaSep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Prefer it to Skype in a Commercial environment TNovakJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    WhatsApp Messenger

    WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone Blackberry 10 Android Wear Kindle Fire

    • Skype and Whatsapp can be both used on mobile as a text chat Venom88Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Skype is know from doing calls & videoconference, specially on the desktop. WhatsApp is implementing now the calling feature, but not all the users have it. They don't have videochat support and is not available on desktop (well, we have WhatsApp Web, but only is a remote controller with a few funcionality: nothing about caling or videochat). EliasNSMar 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • WhatsApp does not have a video call option Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Mumble icon

    Mumble

    Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux iPhone BSD ... iPad PortableApps.com

    • Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Completely open source, very high quality Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Jitsi icon

    Jitsi

    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... BSD

    • it does everything skype does and more, including end-to-end voice and text encryption, which skype does not. Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Does XMPP for chat, Sip for voice. I like the open federation with most XMPP accounts and it's still working as a chat client among Gmail accounts. GordonDejeroJun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Jitsi is a front-end capable of using multiple protocols. Using XMPP, it can provide text, voice, video, and screen-sharing calls as Skype would. On a server with MUP enabled, it also allows groups. File sharing may be slow, but no slower than Skype. As such, Jitsi can functionally replace Skype. Guest • Dec 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Both really easy to use and properly secure (e2e, etc). patitsas10 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Linphone icon

    Linphone

    Linphone is an internet phone or Voice Over IP phone (VoIP). With Linphone you can communicate freely with people over the internet, with voice, video, and text instant...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile ... Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Xfce

    • Allows voice, video and text converstaions Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more. Top Features: •...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone Blackberry iPad

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    Wire

    Wire is a secure and private messenger for phones, tablets and desktop. Crystal clear voice and video calls, private group chats, file sharing, audio and video messages...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Microsoft Edge Chrome Opera Firefox

    • Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers. Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI. svenjostOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
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Skype Comments

good video calling app

Positive Comment by charliezo
about Skype Dec 2016

everyone in my family and friends use skype. its gives a good connectivity, acceptable quality, and it is easy to find people. We can also chat in skype with those cool stcikers and GIFs

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not so good

Comment by alanwong
about Skype and Facebook Messenger, Imo Nov 2016

Video calling from Skype consumes A LOT of data compared to Imo or facebook Messenger, and the video quality is also not so convincing seeing the data usage. also, it is a very large application

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Skype sucks!

Negative Comment by eldarheide
about Skype and Discord Nov 2016

Skype is horribly bad... It is slow and laggy, the mobile app is horrible, and takes up a lot of space. I uninstalled it from my pc, just to find out the uninstaller had left over 150 MB of Skype trash! The only benefit with Skype is that many people use it... Let's change that, let's switch to Discord! Discord is like a 100 times better, and it's still in beta!

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No more Skype and MS stuff

Negative Comment by linuxien
about Skype Nov 2016

I dont want to send my private information to MS servers. Its none of their business.

Telegram, Wire and other open sources should be more used. MS Marketing destroyed Skype philosophy, but its not surprising. They are escaping paying taxes with their own country, the Usa, with Europe (Luxembourg, Ireland), through Bermudas Islands, so there is nothing to expect from them.
Hopefully D.Trump will understand that and make them pay taxes where they make profit.

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no 1 Helpful

Comment by marycosme4
about Skype Aug 2016

i think skype was left behind, hangout and facetime are now much better and work faster.

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not the best

Comment by sophiaschuler600
about Skype Aug 2016

there are better apps for videochat and contacting someone from other country... i think skype needs to improve several things... Hangout or facetime works much better that skype.

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not for me

Negative Comment by cesarmoreno11234
about Skype and Hangouts Jul 2016

i prefer using hangout, it works better for me, skype takes way to long to load and it barely works.

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skype x...

Comment by dudu_brz
about Skype May 2016

I don't know if my question is for this moment.
I can send email hotmail to yahoo, gmail, etc And I get email from them and others.
Why I can't talk with friends don't use the messenger I use?
If I'm using Telegram I cant' exchange messages wiht someone using Viber.
Why not?

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don't like it

Comment by sebastiandowny
about Skype May 2016

i don't really like it anymore, i think it is too slow.

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Skype

Positive Comment by Kudrart_use
about Skype May 2016

It is a good helper in the work . When there is no time to go away from the workplace, you can use Skype and solve all the problems and calls directly during operation.

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I like it!

Positive Comment by Plarium90
about Skype Apr 2016

One of the best instant messengers in the world. No complete analogy .

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Unique program

Positive Comment by prettykittybi
about Skype Apr 2016

Now there are a lot of Skypes' analogs, but to call to any country and not be tied to a phone number only Skype can.

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Maybe time to forget Skype, and use another application 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by Jan_de_Haas
about Skype Apr 2016

Since Skype is acquired by Microsoft, it has a lot of crap and unstable. Except of that, it's not reliable and not trustfully for daily use.
Microsoft has made Skype far below standard

In my opinion is Microsoft stealing technologies of others, and use that to generate only more money, and not take into account, that the program is very well functional. It was better that "Skype SRL" never was sold to Microsoft. Microsoft have also some nice features removed, that was total useless.

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big no

Comment by markcarandini
about Skype Apr 2016

i don't think this is reliable anymore, i don't like it, is too slow and no longer easy to use.

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