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9 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering

Skype has become synonymous with voice and video chat for most consumers, but there are several other services that do the same things.
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Skype has become a tremendously popular service for connecting with family, friends, and colleagues for remote meetings, chats, and interviews.

So popular, in fact, it has become the vernacular for "video chat" among many. Consumers often use "Skyping" as a verb, regardless of the service they actually use to connect.

While perhaps the most common software for voice and video chats, Skype is not the only service available to people who want to connect with colleagues across the country or friends around the world.

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A growing number of companies have begun to offer services you can use to call others from your PC. These range from downloadable desktop software to Web-based services for quickly generating links for private chat rooms.

Microsoft has done a lot to improve Skype in the last year, but there are several companies that also have strong VoIP and video chat capabilities. These could serve your calling needs as well as -- if not better than -- Skype.

Here we dive into a few of these services. Would you think about making the jump from Skype to any of these options? Do you use one that didn't make this list? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Kelly is an associate editor for InformationWeek. She most recently reported on financial tech for Insurance & Technology, before which she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. When she's not catching up on the latest in tech, Kelly enjoys ... View Full Bio

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Aaron22222
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1/9/2017 | 1:07:52 PM
Check Your System Resources If You Use Skype
When you load Skype, press Ctrl-Alt-Dlt and check your memory usage! I have only 4Gb with more than 85% taken up mainly by Skype. The worse fact is, if it is loaded during the boot, the memory bug will already be there. The worst is, if you have other programs running in the vbackground, Skype will prevent memory to be freed even if you logout and/or quit Skype. It is mainly due to relevant svchost. You can delete the task that takes up GB'2 of memory manually and if lucky no other vital tasks will be stopped and you will see that memory usage will go to 15% from 85% or so. 
JulietB730
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11/16/2016 | 5:25:54 AM
Video conferencing
Apart from Skype, you may have a look at R-HUB web video conferencing servers for all our online conferencing needs. It is an on premise solution which works from behind your firewall, hence, better security; plus it allows 30 people in a video conference at same time.
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11/14/2016 | 12:17:26 PM
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8/13/2016 | 1:42:25 PM
Line
Line is the best alternative I have found, plus it has lots of neat things like albums, ability to save important parts of convos, edit images etc. My son moved to Japan and initially I used it because he preferred it but since that time I've found many friends on it and we use it as a Skype alternative because it's one of the few that is equally great on desktop as well as mobile. 
jries921
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6/11/2016 | 4:36:22 PM
Re: Google Voice
I haven't tried it, but Ekiga still looks like a viable alternative.  It will even do the VOIP to telephone service thing.
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6/11/2016 | 5:35:50 AM
Re: You forgot the BBM!!!
also forgot the WebRTC startups, some really interesting companies out there i.e. www.seedesks.com or breakoutroom.io etc 
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1/29/2016 | 12:06:38 PM
Re: Google Voice
thank you, good info for a road warrior :)
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1/29/2016 | 10:31:52 AM
Re: Google Voice
Thank you for the alternatives, they are great. I think Google phone can be use for professionals. If I do not want to give my phone to people at networking events, I can always give them my Google phone, get back to them that way. I used Google phone when I travel abroad because I can call my family easily with only a WIFIconnection.  I can talk and see my family using facetime. 
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1/26/2016 | 2:57:42 AM
Re: Google Voice
@TomDausy "Worth mentioning that Google Voice is now fully integrated within Google Hangouts"
Yes, since last year if I'm not mistaken, I still use Voice for texts though, and Hangouts Dialer for phone calls. You can't beat free!
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