AIM vs Skype

AIM and Skype are mostly very popular in US. Both AIM and Skype have ups and downs. The younger generation of today, for the most part, has become accustomed AIM, and have stuck to simply typing back and forth. While Skype is more suitable for business users, especially for video chat.
Chat with friends, or collaborate on a project — AIM gives you a simple, fun way to talk and share with the groups of people that matter to you most. Share your favorite videos, pictures, tweets and more.
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
Comparing AIM vs Skype is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Skype has more user-friendly interface than AIM because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Skype is more popular than AIM

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Skype introduced Professional accounts (in 2017)
- Instant Messenger AIM is shutting down (in 2017)
- Skype radically redesigned mobile and desktop apps (in 2017)
- Skype adds real-time translation to all VoIP calls (in 2016)
- Skype now allows to make calls without registration (in 2016)
- Skype gets Bots (in 2016)
- Microsoft launched free Skype Meetings for small business (in 2016)
- Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free in Microsoft Edge (in 2016)
- Skype for Web now supports calling to mobile phones, landlines (in 2016)
- Skype discontinues its video messaging app Qik (in 2016)

Looks like Skype was recently more active than AIM (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which AIM and Skype meet head to head:

2011 - Skype video chat is available on Android and Comcast TVs to strike back at AIM

Just yesterday we talked about the fact that Microsoft's Skype will soon launch video chat on the competing iPad platform, and today it has launched video chat on another competing platform - Android. Though, right now it works only on the few Android smartphone models: Nexus S, HTC desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo and Sony Ericsson Xperia pro. The reason is that there are a lot of specifications for Android-devices and Skype just had not enough time to cover them all. Video works over 3G and Wi-Fi (as in the Skype for iPhone). You can switch between the front and back cameras and make video calls from Android to Skype for iPhone, Mac and Windows clients (or receive calls from them). And the customers of U.S. cable provider Comcast will soon have another option - calling from smartphone to TV and back. The other day Comcast demonstrated how it will look like: