"Skype" is a program for communication with people anywhere in the world. Supports video calls, mobile IP telephony and instant messaging. The first version appeared in 2003, and over 14 years of operation, Skype has gained more than 600 million registered users. But the growing popularity of VoIP technology has led to the emergence of applications and programs for communication like Skype. Many of them are much simpler, faster and more functional than Skype.
Why Viber and not Skype
In the world of communication and communications services, Skype has been a leader for more than 10 years. That was right before Microsoft decided to buy the company. Now users are complaining about an increase in the number of failures, instability, high traffic and the appearance of intrusive advertising. Skype also sins by spontaneously going offline, followed by a reboot, which stretches for 10-15 minutes.
ThanksWith an abundance of instant messengers and IP-telephony services on the market, owners of PCs and portable devices can choose a program for communication like Skype. The first contender as a Skype alternative is Viber. The app works on iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms via 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi networks.
It is also a program for communicating like "Skype" on a computer. After installation and launch, it must be synchronized with the phone via a QR or SMS code. All data and contacts will be automatically transferred to your PC account.
Popularity and features of the application
The number of Viber users in May 2017 exceeded the 100 million milestone. And soon the developers promise to conquer the budget platforms S40 for Symbian "Nokia" and Bada for Samsung. Such a step will add another 1.5 million who want to appreciate the delights of Viber.
- provides free calls and chats between users;
- include games;
- public chat rooms;
- calls to mobiles and landlines;
- available on most platforms, including Mac and Linux.
Viber is shareware. No need to pay for download and installation. The program is freely available on the official website, Google Apps and iOS App Store. You do not need to pay for calls and correspondence with Viber users. Only when making calls to unregistered numbers - Viber Out - you will have to give money.
Google Hangouts started in 2013year as a symbiosis of the Google Talk messenger and the Google+ social network. It is a Skype-type chatting program for Android, Apple products and PC. Like all products of the company, using Hangouts is simple and convenient.
In some smartphones, Hangouts is installed automatically and, together with other Google products, is a regular tool. If you have a valid account, just launch the application and log into your account. The program itself will transfer and synchronize contacts from the phone book and Google mail.
For installation on a Windows PC, Google Hangouts is installed as a plugin or extension on the Chromium engine. Web communications are carried out in real time using WebRTC technology. Calls are made right in the browser window without the use of extra tools.
Based on Google's Hangouts service, it created a program for communicating like Skype on TV. With a Chromebox, microphone, camera, screen, and monitor, the user creates a meeting room. Hangouts technology also allows video conferencing for up to 30 participants.
Free Skype-type chatting software for Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android platforms. A distinctive feature is high quality video calls. The app supports group chats for up to 12 people. To add a user to a conversation, just send him a link.
OoVoo has already gained more than 80 million users. It enjoys its popularity among young people due to the ability to record video conversations and broadcast the screen to chat participants. The app also supports instant messaging, calls to landlines and web calls to non-ooVoo registered users.
Program for communication like "Skype" without the maniacally captious confirmation of accounts and creating profiles. The address of the conference room is entered into the browser line, and the user immediately joins the conversation. You don't need to download or install anything. Similarly, Appear.in works on mobile devices via links.
The Appear.in plugin was developed by Scandinavian startups for browsers with WebRTC support, which ensures image quality and clarity. How it differs from similar Skype services:
- Video conferencing through Appear.in can be broadcast on your blog or web page. Enough in the tag
This is a $15 million independent development by a Washington-based company. It is an alternative not only to Skype, but also a competitor to Hangouts technology. The web service was created for group video conferences of up to 15 people with screen sharing.
It's very easy to get started:
- visit Talky.io homepage;
- create a URL for your chat;
- choose "Start Chat";
- share the URL with friends.
- 24/7 support;
- using real-time technology;
- no registration.
Talky.io and Appear.in are similar Skype-like chat programs for PC and phone. But among the CIS countries, services have not received proper distribution. Their unpopularity is explained by the fact that mobile versions are designed exclusively for the iOS platform.
Not all chat programs like Skype are safe and secure from mass surveillance systems. Therefore, the developers created Tox. The main task during the creation was to ensure complete confidentiality of correspondence and personal data.
It's not just a chat program, it's a special protocol like BitTorrent with peer-to-peer network and end-to-end encryption. A peer-to-peer connection does not need to host information on servers, which means that user data cannot be discovered.
Like other VoIP services, Tox supports instant messaging, video and voice calls, conferences, emoticons, transferfiles. At the same time, the service is free, it has no ads, and the interface is much more convenient than in Skype.
Chinese Skype-type chatting and game program that you can play with your friends right in the chat. The application combines the best qualities of Skype, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It has all the standard features of IP-telephony, as well as a few specific features:
- call a taxi;
- ordering food;
- Online banking via WeChat wallet and payments via QR code;
- WeChat Shake - Uses geolocation to find friends nearby;
- there is an unusual feature of the Drift Bottle - the message is sent to "free float" until someone reads it.
WeChat community has 600 million users. The development is positioned as an integral part in all areas of life, and not just for emoticons and photos. At the same time, the service can be used for free on any device and as a desktop application.
Slack is a team messenger for iOS/Android and Mac/Windows. Designed for real-time tete-a-tete communication and group chats. There is integration with more than 100 services, such as GItHub, Skype, Dropbox.
The messenger has three tariff packages. The first one is free and holds up to 10,000 messages. The second one is for $6 and 67cents. The third costs $12/month and is designed for business groups that need SSO.
A distinctive feature of the online service is the ability to create several channels of correspondence, add users to them, and archive all messages. From a group, you can call one interlocutor using push notifications with the @ sign. You can also send photos, videos, files.
The service includes features that are not available in other online messengers, for example:
- transfer animated GIFs;
- login link instead of entering a password;
- your own SlackBot to talk to;
- the ability to add funny /SHRUG, emoji and set reminders to messages.
The largest free messaging platform around the world. Every day, 30 billion messages pass through the messenger. Initially, WhatsApp was created as a Skype-like communication program for Android phones, but now the application is available on Windows, Symbian, iOS, Blackberry.
- simplicity and availability of tools;
- no ads;
- the app automatically imports contacts from your phone and tells you which of them use WhatsApp;
- the ability to share your location, photos and status with friends;
- 100 free messages monthly and free video calls.
The application is undemanding to the configuration of the device and works onAndroid 2.0, unlike Viber, which requires a series of at least 4.0. But the service has one significant drawback, because of which WhatsApp is not suitable for corporate correspondence. It consists in insufficiently high data encryption. If desired, the client is easy to hack. The last unpleasant moment - any user can see the photo and profile status, as well as the time of the last visit.
The most popular smartphone app in South Korea, used by 93% of the population. It features an accessible and colorful interface with typical Asian animation. The service has a standard set of mVoIP functions, including free messages, calls, photo and video transfer.
Kakaotalk not only includes chatting and microblogging, but also has a gaming platform. The application has 30 million active gamers. All mini-games are available on Google Play for smartphone users and on the App Store. Monetization of the application is carried out by selling unique emoticons, Kakao-friends and themes.
This is a top-secret Swiss messenger, around which the media are waging a lot of battles. The management of Threema GmbH is suspected of regular reports to the Russian special services. But from such slander, the application did not become less attractive. Threema calls do not require a SIM card or phone number. Now you can call from your tablet or iPad. This is a serious reason to think and change Skype to Threema.
The app promises users Swiss quality, European elegance and call copy protection. The developers have focused on safety. Threema uses the Native Client open source cryptography library for end-to-end encryption. Keys are generated and stored on the user's device to prevent unauthorized access and the creation of backdoors.
In terms of functionality, the messenger is in no way inferior to Skype or Viber. The interface is very different from Wechat and Kakaotalk. Calm colors without cats, emoji and anime pictures. Treema is designed for the business person who respects their personal space, time and privacy.