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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 Sheridan is Associate Editor at Dark Reading. She started her career in business tech journalism at Insurance & Technology and most recently reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft and business IT. Sheridan earned her BA at Villanova University. View Full Bio

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GerasisZmogelis
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6/17/2017 | 11:55:31 AM
Re: Facetime but no mention of WhatsApp?
It's as cross platform as others on the list. Sure, WhatsApp is closer alternative, but does not work on Win7 and Linux, soon BB10 will be abandoned as well.

Sadly none of these alternatives are alternatives to Skype, which covers most of platforms and it is cross-platform.
JohnM10701
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JohnM10701,
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4/28/2017 | 10:45:12 AM
Skype
Thank you for providing some alternatives to Skype.  Skype may work ok as an app on a smartphone but it sucks when using it with Linux Mint 17.3 operating system  Since Microsoft took over Skype they probably don't like providiing Skype access to another operating system than Windows.  It took several attempts to install Skype on my laptop and it only worked for 3 months before giving me an error message when trying to log in.  I contacted technical support and was told to uninstall then reinstall their newer versions for Linux.  Neither version would install and as a result I lost my extensive contact list.  I cancelled my subscription and am looking for something better.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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3/21/2017 | 11:32:03 PM
QQ VOIP
qq international is a good one. works on xp, and also on cell phones
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Plumber,
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3/21/2017 | 5:36:21 PM
Roof Repair Orange County
I do love Skype though!  But it's crazy how much technology is available,  most of it for free.
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Plumber,
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3/21/2017 | 5:35:09 PM
Gas Line Installation
I'm a huge lover of Google Voice.
Plumber
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Plumber,
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3/21/2017 | 5:32:36 PM
Costa Mesa Plumber
Wow I didn't know there were so many alternatives  to Skype!  The more options the better.
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3/14/2017 | 6:28:35 AM
Trading Skype Alternatives
I've always used skype, so this is a good read to find alternatives. Thank you
peshP507
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2/6/2017 | 6:36:37 AM
Facetime but no mention of WhatsApp?
No mention of Whatsapp? Cross platform and video calling ...and free.

Facetime?  Really?
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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. 
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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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