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Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally.

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
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Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.

· Find all of your friends and family in an instant - search for friends, groups, conversations or new contacts on Skype. With over 300 million people using Skype, you’re bound to bump into someone you know.
· Call your world for free - Free voice and video calls let you talk to your heart’s content with all your friends and family on Skype.
· Make low cost calls to mobiles and landlines - Keep in touch with anyone even if they’re not on Skype, with low cost calls to mobiles and landlines.
· Instantly get in touch - No matter where you are, your friends are always available with free instant messaging.
· Share moments - Send photos, record and send video messages, share your location or share web content with the people who matter most.
· Available for Apple Watch - see your notifications and chat on your Apple Watch so you’re always part of the conversation.
· Skype is available everywhere - on smartphones, tablets, Macs, PCs, and even TVs. Whatever your friends or family use, Skype is there. Simple.
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Skype was added by Stuck in Feb 2009 and the lastest update was made in Dec 2015. There is a history of activites on Skype in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Skype or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

Skype Reviews

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No alternatives! Just Skype :)

Positive Review by Dreiden about Skype Sep 2015

Do you know any services to talk to each other? Any software so much appreciable all over the world?
I don't know any.
So, Skype software is the best.

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Telegram? Its chats are encrypted on transport (always) or peer-to-peer (on demand). It supports channels, public or private, and document transfers of up to 1.5gb.

As long as you don't need to literally talk or videoconference in realtime.


You may be right, but really non of listed apps are such popular as Skype. Everybody knows Skype, and nobody knows who is that Telegram)))


Okay, here's one: Signal.

  • Free
  • Open source
  • Piggybacks off phone numbers
  • Is a great SMS client to boot

It only works on mobile devices, specifically Android and iOS.


Lately I've been using a service known as Discord, which is similar to Skype, minus video calling.


The deception of Skype

Negative Review by radutapus about Skype Jan 2015

It used to be a great product but now it's just lag-ish and buggy.


+1. Skype's extremely overrated. The voice quality in comparison to other software is sub-par, there are ads in the application window, and it's generally a bandwidth hog. It uses too many resources for what it's meant to do, and it returns with minimal results.

I'd ultimately recommend C3 or Razer Comms as alternatives.


Very good app

Positive Review by ExpertDownloader about Skype Nov 2014

I use it a lot from my computer
I don't need phone any more

The only thing that is a bit frustrating is the start time.
I have a good computer, and it takes more than 15 second to start


for the naive and luddites

Negative Review by Unwasted_Youth about Skype Also mentioning: Psi+ MAXS Jitsi Jul 2014

this is not a great product; this is not even a good product.

Paying to call via PSTN is normal but the rates are outrageous. Anything more than $0.011 and you have overpayed [per leg].

SIP, Open Standard, for phone, video, and texting. Easily security with sRTP and easy key exchange with zRTP.


Horrible in every way

Negative Review by Anamon about Skype Also mentioning: Microsoft Lync Hangouts Windows Live Messenger Dec 2012

Skype is without a doubt the most broken piece of communications software that you will find anywhere. It built its reputation on its video and audio call functionality, but both are embarrassingly badly implemented. I don't even know whether the echo-cancelling algorithm can be called such, because every call is an irritating mess of noise and audio feedback. It has a latency of about half a second, which is enough to make every participant of a conversation constantly puzzled about what the other participant(s) might have been saying. Microsoft has done echo cancellation better in their Messenger and NetMeeting/Lync tools for over 10 years, so I don't understand why Skype can't get it right. On top of that, video quality is awful and unreliable, which becomes clear once you directly compare them to alternatives such as Google Hangouts or, again, Windows Messenger.

Alright, so you fall back to the text IM functionality, and this is where the fun really starts! Because the protocol is so unreliable that several of my friends have resorted to actually calling their conversation partners after a while, in order to ask them whether they received their Skype IM messages. Surely, this can't be the purpose of an IM solution. Since Skype refuse to extend their P2P model with server-client functionality where it would be helpful, there will probably also never be a working offline messaging functionality. Which means that unless your contact is online at the same time as you, you'll have to revert to mobile text messages to contact them. Also for the same basic reasons, the conversation history synchronisation is utterly broken, delivering old messages to you as new ones again, up to as many times as the number of devices/systems you use Skype on. There's nothing as irritating as being delivered "new" messages when one of your contacts signs in, replying to them, then noticing that you've just replied to messages that were two weeks old, because Skype is too stupid to remember which messages you've already seen.

In summary, none of the three basic channels offered by Skype really work, making the entire network and solution absolutely useless for communication. Unless you are forced to use this because of co-workers etc. (in which case you will have to use it, because Skype is the only IM solution that, thanks to Skype's policies, isn't integrated into any of the multi-protocol IM clients), steer way, way clear of this turd.