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Skype

An instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services.

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Avg rating of 2.6 (67)| 89 comments

What is Skype?

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.

Features: · 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.

The Skype that you use at home is great for smaller businesses of up to 20 employees. It is free to use, unless you want to buy credit to make calls to landlines and mobiles.

Skype for Business lets you add up to 250 people to online meetings, gives you enterprise-grade security, allows you to manage employee accounts, and is integrated into your Office apps. It costs from $2 per month per user.

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Skype Screenshots

Main window on MS Windows
Call on Windows
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General settings' window on MS Win10
Devices' settings on Windows
Call quality feedback form
Contact's context menu
Skype live Translatior popup-window and contact's buttons
Emoji insertion popup window on MSWin
"Skype can't detect any camera" message error window
Buttons of sending a Video Message window
Buttons when recorded a Video Message
Contact profile window v7.35.0.103 on Microsoft Windows (no nore numbers of contacts here)
Window menu and Skype's statuses
Online statuses on system tray and notification's message
Video settings tab
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Skype Features

  1.  Screen SharingYou can use Skype to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
  2.  VoiP CallsSkype allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
  3.  LightweightSkype consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  4.  Live Captions TranslationSkype can add captions to a video call, audio messages or multimedia file and translate them in real time.
  5.  IFTTT IntegrationYou can connect different services to automatically trigger actions within Skype using IFTTT.

Skype information

  • Developed byMicrosoft
  • LicensingProprietary and Freemium product.
  • PricingSubscription that costs between $3 and $14.
  • RatingAverage rating of 2.6 (67 ratings)
  • Alternatives311 alternatives listed

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  • Thai
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  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
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Our users have written 89 comments and reviews about Skype, and it has gotten 2563 likes

Skype was added to AlternativeTo by Stuck on and this page was last updated . Skype is sometimes referred to as Skype for Business.

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SV1987
  
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Even though it's still technically functional, it is not private or secure enough for me. I want something decentralized and distributed. I want nobody to peek into my text or calls. See Jami for example.

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mdosari
  
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I have been an avid user of skype. I have been however running into issues with its latest releases. Either message are not coming in sync, slower, crashes more often.... I am currently using their oldest releases which seem to work great,

I hope they fix their latest "editions" so we can use it right.

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Anamon
  
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Skype was pretty terrible from the start, but it has been completely devastated through recent updates. The UWP version of the client was (like almost every UWP app) an entirely unusable, feature-free toy that wasn't useful for anything, but at least we could use the legacy desktop version. Now my Windows 7 client was updated to a similarly horrible version that won't let me do any of the things I used to do in Skype anymore.

It's one of those mind-bogglingly bloated Electron applications, which means you'll get a 180 MB monstrosity of a JS framework and browser, for functionality that used to fit into 3 MB. Of course that also means that its UI is built with web technologies, which means it's a disgrace to even call it a desktop app – it's not anymore. It's as numbingly slow and high-latency as you would expect a web app to be. Don't even get me started on memory consumption. 400 MB in idle without any windows open? You bet. Damned be the day that web developers began to be able/allowed to develop for Desktop, because they don't have a freaking clue what they're doing.

Of course, the best part is that it's a complete re-write, with an estimated 95% of the features that the previous Skype clients had simply gone without replacement. Contact groups? Gone. Chat search? Gone. Configuration options? Gone. Now it's just another flashy-looking but useless toy that doesn't cater to anyone's needs anymore, with the only distinguishing feature being that some old contacts of yours might still be using it. Ditch it, the sooner the better.

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orangePlane
  
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ah yes. another microsoft product that is bloated and slow af.

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benjaminnagelz
  
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i would say that this is an extraordinary application and feels great to utilize.

I like that it has a thoroughly examined set of feautures. Without a doubt, I probably won't require the greater part of them, it's as yet ideal to see everything work - just in case.

Limitless skype call length is pleasant, and it's additionally cool that it allows you to take notes and determine the area of the accounts.

I believe it's awesome.

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donutatwork
  
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Skype is a good business tool especially now that it had 'upgraded' to become Teams which have even more features as a collaboration tool, and not just for communication. We had found Skype to be good for advertising and as a customer support tool. Read more here: https://donutatwork.com/tag/skype/

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Waqaar
  
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I’ve been using Skype for a long time now for work purposes and to connect with family via video chat as I used to live abroad, I’d say It works well enough for me, it serves the purpose to connect with the other person. The best thing about skype is it lets you share your screen which is very beneficial for the work purpose. I’d say it has some negatives like the connectivity issues and the connection is not clear sometimes, the voice keeps breaking. Overall a decent tool.

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