Skype is the elder statesman of VoIP calling, whether it’s audio or video, and the Microsoft-owned service has some strong qualities that other services can’t match. It’s a fully-featured, multiplatform offering, which means you’ll find a lot more here — whether you want it or not.
More importantly, you’ll find it pretty much anywhere: phones, tablets, computers, and even the Xbox One console via Kinect. (Remember Kinect? It’s great for Skype video calls!) In fact, this image shows me using a dated laptop with a low-res chat cam. Still, it works.
Beyond that awesome flexibility, Skype loads in the features: it has group video calls and screen sharing functionality, text chat and landline calls, not to mention live translation of seven spoken languages — albeit only on Windows devices for now.
As an all-in-one service, Skype might be intimidating for the casual user, and it’s certainly more than your mum would ever need on her phone. But for professionals and other well-traveled types, it’s one app that can connect you with pretty much anyone, wherever you are.
- On loads of devices
- Group calls, translation, etc.
- Can be overwhelming
- No iOS/Android translation