Skype review

Skype is an application which allows its users to make voice and video calls. This application works on mobile phones, tablets, smart watches, computers etc. Skype which was released on the 29th of August, 2003 was developed by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis along with a few other backend developers.

It was registered as a product of Skype Technologies. Microsoft acquired the service in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Skype allows instant messaging, sending of media files and documents between users. The service can also be used for video conference calls.

Summary

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

👍🏻 The good
  • Free
  • Multi-device support
  • Skype number
  • Video chat
👎🏻 The bad
  • Dependence on good internet access
  • Interuption during calls
Skype Rating: 10 out of 10

Skype is available on Android, MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Linux devices. It also works on smart devices such as HoloLens and Xbox One. Operating with a Freemium license, Skype can be used for video conferencing. It is also available in 108 languages.

Statista ranks Skype the 16th most popular social network for 2019. Alexa also rated its website 442nd according to world’s website traffic statistics. The present number of Skype users is unknown. However, as of 2015, there were over 300 million active users worldwide. You can download Skype here.

About Skype

Skype is a VoIP service and instant messaging which allows users to connect and communicate via the use of cell numbers, IDs, and Hotmail addresses. Many companies usually use Skype for video conferences. It provides fantastic features such as IDs. Upon registration, every user is given a Skype name that is between six and thirty-two characters which can be used to search out the account. In 2016, Skype introduced a feature which allows people to chat on the platform without necessarily having an account via Skype for Web.

eBay acquired Skype in September 2005 for $2.6 billion, and Microsoft, later on, purchased it for $8.5 billion in May 2011. As a subsidiary of Microsoft, Skype is headquartered in Luxembourg, California. Skype operations are fully powered using Microsoft supernodes. As a system that operated a P2P network, Microsoft integrated its products on the platform and refined

Skype is free to use. However, it works over the internet, unlike landlines. Users can make Skype-to-Skype calls and Skype to mobile phone networks. Calls made between users on Skype is free while calls made to landlines and mobile phone networks are charged via Skype Credit. Skype Credit can be bought using different payment methods. Skype video chat can host a maximum of 25 people for audio conversations and ten persons for video chats. Skype allows its users to buy local phone numbers. However, this feature is only available in a few select countries, i.e., The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Colombia etc.

Features

Skype has a lot of features which makes the platform attractive to its users. These features are usually updated. However, the available features are listed below.

Instant Messaging

Skype offers Instant Messaging between all its users. Instant messaging between Skype users is free while messages sent to landlines come at a cost which varies depending on countries. With an internet connection and a device that is compatible with Skype, you can keep unlimited chats with your friends and families. In this feature, users can send texts, images, videos, audio recordings etc. Users can also wipe conversations from Skype’s server by deleting the message(s).

Audio Calling

Skype provides an audio calling feature which allows users to have voice conversations. This feature is free and can accommodate up to 25 persons for a single call. Skype enables calls amongst platform users and to landline users. While the former is free, the latter is paid for using Skype credit. Users can now call phones via Skype at low calling rates.

Video Calling

Skype is used to make video calls. This service offer HD-quality calls free of charge. Users can have video conferences on Skype. With a webcam (for PCs), and a microphone, users can have the best video calling experience. Skype allows a maximum of ten people on a single call. During the chat, users can send call reactions, share photos, stickers etc. It also allows users to share locations.

Audio/Video Subtitles

This feature makes calling easy for people with hearing disabilities. Users can now read the words spoken in audio or video chats. This feature is available on all major devices. You can activate this feature by selecting the + button while on a call and turning on subtitles.

Free Calling with Alexa

This feature allows Amazon Alexa users to have free minutes of call to family and friends. This offer is valid only for two months, i.e., 200 minutes of free call. To enjoy this, download the Amazon Alexa app on your device, link both platforms together via settings to get the bonus call credit. This feature is only available in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, the U.K., India, New Zealand, Germany, and Mexico.

Screen Sharing

Users can now screen share with others in a conversation. It helps users collaborate easily on a project via video call. You can now share plans, deliberate on projects, teach others using this feature.

Record Calls

Skype allows users to record calls made on the platform. You can keep memories of conversations with friends, family, or colleagues. This feature is available only for Skype to Skype calls and it is available on both mobile, and PC.

Skype Number & IDs

Users can now get local numbers on Skype. From anywhere in the world, users can buy local numbers in other countries for calls on Skype. This feature which is presently available in only 26 countries is cheap and works across all supported devices.

Skype for Web

This feature allows people to chat on the platform without creating an account. Users can now start conversations via the web platform here.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It is Free: Skype is free for all. Users can send messages, participate in audio or video conversations without charge. Available on different app stores, you can download the application.
  • Available on Multiple devices: Skype is compatible with most smartphones and PCs.
  • Skype Number: Local numbers can be bought from the Skype store to make calls and communicate freely in foreign countries.
  • Audio/Video Chats: Skype users can make unlimited calls with other users. As an app which allows for multiple connections in a chat, Skype is suitable for audio or video conferencing.

Cons                                                          

  • Users can only receive calls or messages when the internet connection is on.
  • Call quality depends on the network provider. Thus, users can be disconnected from calls or unavailable to place calls depending on the signal strength.

Different Versions

Skype has several versions which include Skype for Desktop, Web, Business, and Mobile. Skype for Business is the paid version which allows users hot up to 250 people in a video conversation.

Compatibility

Skype is compatible with Android, Linux, macOS, iOS, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Xbox One, and HoloLens devices.

FAQs

Q: Is Skype still free in 2019?

A: Yes, it is free. Users can chat, have audio and video conversations on the platform at no cost. However, there are limitations on the free version as compared to Skype for Business.

Q: Can I use Skype online without downloading?

A: Yes, users can use Skype online via Skype for Web without downloading the software on his/her device(s).

Q: Does Skype use Wi-Fi or data?

A: Skype works when there is an internet connection. Thus, it uses both mobile data and connected Wi-Fi.

Q: How much does it cost to make a call on Skype?

A: Skype to Skype calls are free. However, Skype to landlines have different rates for different countries. Calls to the US, India and North America numbers are billed at $2.99, $7.99, and $6.99 respectively per month. This rate can change at any point. However, you can get accurate prices from the website.

Q: Is Skype texting free?

A: Yes, Skype texting is free. Service providers charge texts to mobile numbers.

Q: How do I make Skype calls without my phone?

A: Skype is available on other devices. Thus, you can make a call on your PC, Xbox One, HoloLens and Skype supported devices.

Summary                                                         

Skype allows users to make calls, send messages and share files. It is free and easy to use. This application is available on Android, Windows, Linux, MacOs and iOS devices. It has different versions for use. It also has fantastic features such as screen sharing and local numbers. Skype is a useful tool for communication used by many companies. To download Skype for your device, click here.