• Telegram icon


    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 Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

    • Telegram does not - currently - support VoIP calls. It's exclusively an instant messaging platform.
      Guest 11/1/2015
  • Hangouts icon


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

    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 3/9/2016
  • Slack icon


    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 ... Apple Watch Electron / Atom Shell

    • With the new VOIP it has replaced Skype in our office.
      Ola 9/28/2016
  • Tox icon


    Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... BSD

  • Discord icon


    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

    • 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.
      m80116 9/29/2016
    • Not even a bit of CPU is used. It's great for gaming, free, and NO ADS.
      LouieK22 9/15/2016
    • Functionality of teamspeak but with the ease of access and clean design better than skype.
      Guest 2/23/2016
  • WhatsApp Messenger icon

    WhatsApp Messenger

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

    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
      Venom88 9/26/2016
    • WhatsApp does not have a video call option
      Guest 6/8/2016
    • 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).
      EliasNS 3/31/2015
  • Mumble icon


    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

    • Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end
      Guest 3/20/2016
    • Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating
      Guest 8/5/2015
  • Jitsi icon


    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android BSD

    • 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.
      GordonDejero 6/5/2016
    • it does everything skype does and more, including end-to-end voice and text encryption, which skype does not.
      Guest 2/4/2016
    • 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 12/30/2015
  • Viber icon


    Viber is a mobile application that lets you make free phone calls and send text messages to anyone who also has the application...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Windows RT ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch

  • Signal icon


    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal! Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome

  • Facebook Messenger icon

    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at...

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

  • Trillian icon


    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between...

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

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  • Linphone icon


    Linphone is an internet phone or Voice Over IP phone (VoIP). With Linphone you can communicate freely with people over the internet...

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

    • Allows voice, video and text converstaions
      Guest 1/4/2016
  • Mattermost icon


    Mattermost is an open source, self-hosted Slack -alternative As an alternative to proprietary...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Self-Hosted JavaScript Go (Programming Language)

  • LINE icon


    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

  • Empathy icon


    Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, video chat, and file transfers over many different protocols. You can tell...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • Enpathy is just a client sofware, not a service like Skype.
      aasami 10/1/2015
  • Wire icon


    Wire is a secure, private and open source messenger for phones, tablets and desktop. Crystal clear voice and video calls, private...

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

    • Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.
      svenjost 10/11/2016
    • Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers.
      Guest 4/2/2016
  • FaceTime icon


    FaceTime is a video calling software feature developed by Apple for the iOS and Mac OS. FaceTime makes it possible to talk, smile...

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

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  • ICQ icon


    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Java Mobile S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

  • Ring icon


    Ring is a secure and distributed voice, video and chat communication platform that requires no centralized server and leaves the power...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

  • Glip icon


    Glip is instant messaging for teams and businesses to communicate and get work done at the same time. In Glip you work where your...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

  • Riot.im icon


    Riot (formerly Vector) is an opensource interoperable app running on Web, iOS and Android. It is built around chat rooms, both public...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad Self-Hosted Chrome ... Safari Firefox

  • WeChat icon


    WeChat is the complete mobile communication and private social networking app. Free, cross-platform, and full-featured, WeChat is the...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone S60 Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

  • HipChat icon


    HipChat is an instant messaging service designed for companies and teams. It has persistent chat rooms, one-to-one chat, searchable...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Apple Watch

  • appear.in icon


    Video conversations with up to 8 people in your browser - no downloads, no login. Just name your channel and you are on. Works in all...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • You don't have to download it & it has no ads
      Guest 10/11/2016
  • Franz icon


    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • Digsby icon

    Digsby Discontinued

    Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one...

    Open Source Windows

  • Yahoo! Messenger icon

    Yahoo! Messenger

    Stay in touch with your friends and family while sharing favorite photos using one of the most popular instant messaging applications

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry

  • Rocket.Chat icon


    Rocket.Chat is a Web Chat Server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor fullstack framework.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Self-Hosted

  • ooVoo icon


    Free high quality video chat and video conferencing from ooVoo. Talk live face-to-face with up to 6 people at once.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone ... iPad Kindle Fire

  • Let's Chat icon

    Let's Chat

    Self-hosted chat for small teams. Features and Stuff BYOS (bring your own server) Persistent messages Multiple...

    Open Source Self-Hosted

  • Curse icon


    The next generation in gaming communication is here. Curse brings your favorite games, friends, teammates and communities together...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

  • Ekiga icon


    Ekiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Google Duo icon

    Google Duo

    Google Duo is the cross-platform, one-to-one video calling app that's simple, reliable and fun. FEATURES Cross-platform -...

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Psi+ icon


    Psi+ is a development branch of Psi IM XMPP/Jabber client. Psi is a cross-platform powerful XMPP/Jabber client (Qt, C++) designed...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

Skype Comments

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.


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.


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.


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?


don't like it

Comment by sebastiandowny
about Skype May 2016

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



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.


I like it!

Positive Comment by Plarium90
about Skype Apr 2016

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


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.


Maybe time to forget Skype, and use another application

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.


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.


Since Microsoft, as expected, this app is not longer reliable 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by KeyJey
about Skype Mar 2016

Since Skype was purchased by Microsoft, happened what all we could expect. Stopped being a reliable application. The mobile versions of skype simply crash and don't work.

Forget getting incoming ring calls on your mobile device, of successfully make outgoing calls from mobile .... it's a real traumatic process to make this crop to work.

I recommend (for video and audio) hangouts, witch works fine.

Problem as always is privacy ..... but well, Google already knows it all about us. Emails, calls, where we go, our agenda ...

Cheers !


Latest update not great

Comment by kelleygibson
about Skype Jan 2016

I used Skype everyday, mostly the chatting portion, but a lot of calls also. It works perfectly fine, but ever since the latest update (as of January 2016 time of writing), it has become quite sluggish, and the chat message are all out of order! Quite frustrating, especially since it was working fine for so many years.


hate it

Negative Comment by ParisFitts
about Skype Jan 2016

i hate it, i use to be able to call internationaly from here, but now it just doesn't work and takes too long to load so now i just hate it.


never again

Negative Comment by gregzaid
about Skype Dec 2015

i used to be a huge fan of skype, but now it doesn't really work, takes too long to connect, the chat almost never works and on top of all that, there are lots of adds and publicity that i don't really enjoy