Communication app that allows for chat, voice calls, and video calls; Messenger and WhatsApp alternative

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    Internet phone

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    Windows 7

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  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
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    7.0 (14226)

Skype allows users to place audio and video calls to compatible devices in seconds. Users can engage in one-on-one conversations as well as group conferences with ease. Also, the program features text-based chatting from user to user. Microsoft's platform is utilized by millions of people across the globe today. A quick download will give individual users a powerful communication platform accessible on most devices. However, nearly a dozen competing platforms stand as alternatives to Skype.

Video and Audio Calls Have Never Looked or Sounded So Great

First of all, Skype excels at offering high-quality video and audio streams. A strong Internet connection is required to benefit from said quality, though. Users should experience high definition audio and video at all times on a good connection. Alternatives like Discord, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and others don't stack up in the video or audio department. Then again, these same standout features can cause problems elsewhere for users, especially when it comes to resource usage.

Currently, Skype is well-known for hogging a device's resources. A lot of CPU power is required to keep the program running smoothly. Computers and mobile devices are known to bog down when Skype is running with an audio or video call going on. This leads to problems with battery drain on mobile devices and multitasking experience on computers. On top of that, a poor Internet connection can cripple the experience, and then Skype becomes much less impressive in the audio or video department.

An Excellent Interface That Makes Sense

Skype nonetheless gives its users a wonderful user interface. The program is easy to understand on PCs, and starting a conversation couldn't be easier. Luckily, group conversations and one-on-one conversations alike are simple to start. Extra features like screen sharing and plugins make the experience even better for regular users. Skype is quite the versatile program with a large feature set. Premium features require payment but unlock the full potential of this communication platform.

With Caveats, Skype is an incredible communication platform. It's worthwhile for both consumer and business users without being difficult to navigate. Microsoft's platform has lost some luster due to stiff competition from other platforms. Although competing platforms sometimes offer more features than Skype, that fact shouldn't take away from the excellent experience here. Skype is unparalleled in audio and visual quality, so business users especially will love what it brings to the table.

The last thing a potential user should do is ignore Skype. Constant improvements and updates keep the platform viable for communication. Plus, better integration with mobile devices than before is an interesting feature. Skype will have no trouble maintaining its popularity among a dedicated user base.


  • Audio and video quality are top notch with a good connection.
  • Skype is easy to navigate and simple to utilize.
  • Calls to mobile numbers work in a seamless manner.


  • Skype is a resource-heavy program to say the least.
  • A bad connection leads to a low-quality experience.
  • Competing platforms may offer better features for free.

Skype is one of the most popular VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) programs worldwide. It is available for free to download to your smartphone, tablet and of course, your computer. The latest version is 6. Skype’s popularity stems from the fact that it allows you to engage in video chats with other people from anywhere in the world and enables you to instant message or text for free and make regular voice calls to others for a low fee of only $30 per year right from your computer.

This program is generally regarded as a lifesaver for anyone who has important contacts, whether family, friends or business associates, who reside overseas. Skype allows you to speak with – and see – these people in video chats and anyone else in real-time as long as they also have the program. Many companies use it for business purposes to keep in touch with clients or employees. The program has a wide variety of features and functionalities that include emoticons within the chat feature, user avatars and the ability to have group-video conferences.

Skype is exceedingly easy to use in spite of the fact that the user interface has recently been redesigned. The revamp was done to make way for video conferencing. In other words, it is wider so as to accommodate written chats, contact lists and toolbars so that it is easier to keep track and manage any conversation. The purpose is also largely to eliminate clutter within the screen while you are in the middle of a video chat. At this point, all you will see onscreen beside the person with whom you are chatting are the controls.

Facebook integration is a new feature that Skype includes. You can receive your news feed within the app and view call and SMS buttons for each of your Facebook friends who have shared their contact information. It is a quick and easy way to contact anyone with whom you have contact on the social networking site.

The sound quality within Skype is clear and loud. Video is generally fair although occasionally too pixelated. You can also capture a screenshot of your face within the program.

Generally, the only con about Skype 6 is that its new interface is huge, perhaps too much for some users. However, the pros outweigh that single con as it is easy to use, includes excellent sound quality, has many features that accommodate video chats, includes a sharp video conferencing mode, keeps records of all calls and has support for embedded local video on the target video.

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