Skype - free IM & video calls

Skype - free IM & video calls review

The new and improved Skype app is better than ever, and makes sure that you always stay connected to all of your friends and family, and never miss a beat.

Interface and Design 8/10

The Skype app is a smart interface with a clean design that makes it easy to use and access all of the features at a glance. Simple options are easy to recognize from the Skype main page, through a well-organized layout that adds to ease of use.

Key Functions 9/10

The Skype app makes it simple to connect with your favorite people through instant chat messaging, voice and video calls, to anywhere in the world for free. Send pictures, media, messages, and videos right from the app in real-time, and quickly share any content directly through other app add-in’s. Group calls allow for many people to connect from separate remote locations all in the same chat, voice, or video call for free.

Skype-to-Skype calls and calls to phones or landlines are always free as both users have a secure Wi-Fi or data connection, otherwise some charges can apply. Skype also has low rates for calls to landlines and phones around the world, regardless of the receiver’s internet connection. Skype’s instant capture feature allows you to take photos and videos during your call, and embellish them with emojis, text, and fun stickers for a personal touch. The app also allows you to add highlights throughout your day which any of your contacts can view, so you can stay connected even when you aren’t online. You can also comment on your contacts’ highlights, and they will remain available for your followers to view for up to 7 days before they disappear.

Usability 9/10

The Skype app is neatly designed and simple to use for people of all skill levels and backgrounds. Regardless of your age, you can access all of Skype’s calling and chat features in a few simple taps, and the help settings are never too far from view.

Cross-Platform Use 9/10

Skype is readily available for Android, iOS, and Windows OS, so you can benefit from Skype on your PC, smart phone or tablet, and stay connected on any device.

The Verdict

Skype is a leading app of its kind for staying connected to loved ones and friends online, with a globally recognized intuitive software that allows for free video and voice calls and instant messaging on your PC, smartphone or tablet.

Convenient technology to keep you in touch with those you care about, and allow users to enjoy voice, video and chat conversations with ease, right from their device of choice.

Pros:

  • Instant messaging chat features
  • Free voice and video calls with internet connection
  • Instant sharing of photos, media, and videos
  • Group calls allow to connect to people in separate remote locations all on one device
  • Call skype-to-skype, landline or mobile for free
  • Instantly capture photos and video from the screen during your call
  • Emoji’s and stickers add flair to your photos.

Cons:

  • Calls reliant on Wi-Fi or data connection otherwise charges can apply.
Interface and Design 8
Key Functions 9
Usability 9
Cross-platform use 9