Skype Reviews

Comment by mahmuds
about Skype · Apr 2017 · -1 Helpful

best way to communication this apps for every humans

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Comment by slimdaddy
about Skype · Apr 2017 ·

becuase you can talk to real people not some fake cam or something

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Wire is much much better

about Skype · · 2 Helpful

Skype is not cool anymore, sorry.

Wire is much better as far as privacy is concerned. Since Skype is a proprietary system, no one can review or see the source code. And, as usual, Microsoft is trying to install Bing as the default search engine and other stuff during the first install.
I used to like Skype, but since MS bought it, you cannot trust it. Just another NSA fellowship software.

When I first mentionned Wire, it is because it is much more reliable. (Open Source, no tracking etc). And made in Switzerland (GMBH).

Skype is well-known but a terrible privacy invader/spyware. Skype calls have been recorded and made text-searchable by request of NSA (see link below).

To avoid this, you should use open-source end-to-end encrypted alternatives, of which there are now a few that work very well (developed in part due to the privacy concerns around services like Skype). Alternatives include: Wire, Jitsi Meet (which doesn't even need anything installed) and Jitsi (for which you need an account on a Jabber (XMPP) server - but that's easy to sort out). Another up-and-coming service is Ring. For mobile voice and text, try Signal, which is also end-to-end encrypted and open source.

No more reason to give up the privacy of your conversations to Microsoft and whoever they pass your info onto.

For more info on NSA-Skype, see here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data

Thank you very much JohnFastman. For Android, I'm using Linphone, and Zoiper for Ubuntu, Wire for both operating systems.

Wire is open source but is using proprietary servers: Aws(Amazon web services).
The aim of my "quest" is to get rid of the Gafas/Gafams in my everyday usage.
So, using Amazon Web Services is not a good answer for me, because of the Nsa spying and collecting our data.

I'm also using for SIP: Voipstudio based on Jabber or Jitsi, cannot remember well(on Ubuntu), Zoiper(Ubuntu), Linphone(Android). I think they all are open sources, aren't they?

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Lots Of Errors

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I used Skype as a way to talk with long distance friends and family. It was a good option in this regard; but lately they require people all be on the same build and that's never viable. I've had calls not even start due to this. It's a decent core product but muddled by these types of issues.

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No alternatives! Just Skype :)

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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.

Mumble. Google Hangouts. Oovoo. Facebook Messenger. Kik. IRC. LINE. All do not crash PCs as Skype has done. All have amazing support, unlike how Skype neglects its own consumers.

a don't like hangouts and facebook messenger. And kik, mumble - what are they?))
I had never crushed my computer with skype and everybody has one to connect with me. and who has an irc account? - i don't know anybody!

Mumble is an audio-based software that is used by gamers and streamers to engage in audio chats while immersed in a game. Kik is mobile but they've been supposedly developing a desktop client.

I use IRC still, because of it's simple framework and how easy it is to plug into mods and game chats.

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.

Skype is well-known but a terrible privacy invader. Skype calls have been recorded and made text-searchable by request of NSA.*

To avoid this, you should use open-source end-to-end encrypted alternatives, of which there are now a few that work very well (developed in part due to the privacy concerns around services like Skype). Alternatives include: Wire, Jitsi Meet (which doesn't even need anything installed) and Jitsi (for which you need an account on a Jabber (XMPP) server - but that's easy to sort out). Another up-and-coming service is Ring. No more reason to give up the privacy of your conversations to Microsoft and whoever they pass your info onto.


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The deception of Skype

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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.

Not including the price to call outside of your country. So ya its low, but not that low. I would expect it to be cheaper.

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Very good app

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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

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for the naive and luddites

about Skype and Psi+, MAXS, Jitsi · ·

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.

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Horrible in every way

about Skype and Microsoft Lync, Hangouts, Windows Live Messenger · · 1 Helpful

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.

This review is five years old now, and outdated in some respects. Microsoft seem to have actually started caring, and fixed some of the long-running bugs and issues, such as read status synchronisation and offline messaging. It took them a while to get to it, but they did.

Unfortunately, the most current signs are pointing in a direction of things getting worse again in the future. On Windows 10 systems, you technically still have the choice of using the traditional, native Win32 client, or the new UWP app. As is the case with most UWP apps, it has been severely dumbed down, and countless features that are very important to many users are missing, and don't seem to be on the roadmap (contact groups, to name just one example). From what it looks like, the full-featured client is considered "legacy", and it seems just a matter of time when it won't be updated anymore and everyone will be "encouraged" to switch to the new client, which is but a shadow of the original one.

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