Skype is software that enables you to make free calls anywhere in the world. Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other users. It offers several features, including SkypeOut calling from Skype to regular and mobile phones worldwide, conference calling, and secure file transferring. You can also now share your screen with other users. Skype calls focus on video and audio quality, and secure the calls with end-to-end encryption.
Skype has been a mainstay in the video conferencing market since its launch in 2003. The Skype brand has become so synonymous with video calling that it is now recognised as a verb in most English dictionaries. Now Skype is owned by Microsoft, and over 300 million users rely on it for their video conferencing needs each month (that number was from 2015 and hasn’t been updated since by Microsoft). With a raft of features and new encrypted messaging options, Skype remains a key player in the market.
If you’re wondering whether Skype is the best video conferencing software for your business, then take a look at this Skype review, in which we discuss its strengths, weaknesses, and main features.
Skype is loaded with features and is constantly adding new and innovative functionalities for individuals and businesses. Like many teleconferencing providers, Skype enables you to record calls and will save recordings for up to 30 days after the conclusion of the teleconference. In addition, the software makes it easy to share multimedia files, chat with other participants, or share your screen.
However, one of the platform’s greatest strengths is that it goes far beyond these basic video conferencing features. Skype now enables users to add live captions to video calls, offers end-to-end encrypted chat functionality, and has even introduced a live translating option that facilitates video calls with up to ten languages spoken simultaneously.
Special praise must also be given to Skype’s in-call chat window, which far surpasses that of competitors such as Join.Me and Zoom. Users can create polls, insert files from OneDrive or their computer, and even share music from Spotify.
More recently, Skype introduced its new Meet Now product, which enables hosts and participants to create and join a video call without making an account or downloading the app. This makes it easier for participants to join a video conference either directly from a web browser or from the Skype app on a supported device.
Skype has an exceptionally clean user interface. Navigating the application is intuitive, and the huge range of features and functionalities coexist seamlessly. Within a video call, users can blur or unblur their background, which is great for when we’re on the move or video conferencing from home.
The Skype application runs smoothly on all the devices we tested. The only issue we noticed was that on occasion, when changing from a mobile device to a laptop or desktop, notifications and data were slow to sync. However, this was only on occasion.
In terms of performance, Skype did well when tested in a four-way call. With two participants connected to WiFi (approx. 25 Mbps), and two relying on mobile data (approx. 15 Mbps), there was minimal lag or distortion of either the audio or video.