Stay in touch with anyone
Skype is a popular choice for anyone wanting to connect with others, whether it's for business use or a family member that's far away. The service can cut down the cost you'd spend on normal phone calls and messaging if both parties have the application and have signed up.
Microsoft took over Skype back in 2011 and has turned the service into a popular mode of communication. To use Skype, you'll need to sign up or use your existing Microsoft account. If you use the existing account, certain features will be synced onto your Skype profile.
The application will use a fair amount of your computer's resources while running, making it less ideal than Discord or Teamspeak for any gamers or low-end computer users. Skype is available across devices and finding a user to add to contacts is mostly an easy task.
As a tool for worldwide communication, the latest version of Skype can send messages and start voice or video calls with both individuals and groups. You only need a couple things before you can start; an account, and to add new contacts.
Once this is done, you can start a call to hear the iconic Skype ringtone, which will disappear if the recipient doesn't answer. To avoid calling any contacts that are offline or busy, you can view their status. The little colored dot by your picture can also be set manually to avoid unwanted conversation.
Send more than messages
Once you've installed Skype and connected with a contact, you're able to send files along with your messages. The only limit to what you can send is the file size, which caps at 300MB. However, if it's pictures, videos, game saves, mods, or work documents, the group members or individual contact will receive it without hassle, unlike in Discord.
Create an account
Before you start using your fresh Skype download you’ll need an account. To create one is simple and will require either your cell phone number or email address. Once you’ve entered that detail, you need to decide on a password, preferably a strong one to prevent information theft.
Creating a new account will also require your name and surname before the process is completed. Lastly, the email or phone number you used will need to be verified. While annoying it lessens the number of excess accounts on the service.
You can set your Skype profile picture once you’ve opened the desktop application. This picture is the main visual displayed during a voice call and can help you identify who's talking in a group call.
Skype also has a small status section that lets you tell your friends what's going on in your life. This is a handy feature for gamers looking to play together or alerting coworkers that you're in a meeting or have taken the day off.
Long loading times
The loading screen that appears when you launch Skype for the first time is often an irritating experience. You'll see this screen again every time the application launches and occasionally while you switch between tabs or contacts in the menu.
Direct to phone
There are various ways to use Skype in place of your normal phone. Whether it's pay-as-you-go or a subscription, you'll be able to use the credits to call any cell phone or telephone as long as you have an internet connection.
While Skype is a popular tool for communication, it is no longer the only one. Depending on your needs you may find one of these applications more attractive.
Discord is meant mainly for gamers with its game store, in-app streaming, and servers. You can join a server or make your own. These are the backbone of the community that makes Discord thrive. All in all, it's a better option for chatting with friends or a community.
Discord also offers file sharing, with a size limit of 8MB, voice, and video calls as well as a status to display for friends.
Teamspeak is another gamer-oriented communication tool but works on servers purchased by a user. The only benefit of choosing this application is that it's easier to use voice chat on a server than in Discord.
Facebook Messenger is a normal messaging service compared to the gamer-oriented ones. You can chat with all your added Facebook friends and the pages of companies or businesses. Facebook also has a voice and video call feature.