Skype vs WhatsApp


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Skype
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.
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WhatsApp
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. Secure WhatsApp alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
Comparing Skype vs WhatsApp 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.

Let's start with videos. We think that WhatsApp has better video than Skype



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like WhatsApp has more user-friendly interface than Skype 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 WhatsApp

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

- Skype introduced Professional accounts (in 2017)
- Skype radically redesigned mobile and desktop apps (in 2017)
- WhatsApp launches business-accounts (in 2017)
- WhatsApp enabled two-factor authentication for everyone (in 2017)
- Skype adds real-time translation to all VoIP calls (in 2016)
- Skype now allows to make calls without registration (in 2016)
- WhatsApp launches video calls (in 2016)
- Skype gets Bots (in 2016)
- Microsoft launched free Skype Meetings for small business (in 2016)
- WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows (in 2016)

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

2016 - WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows. Skype is in panic


WhatsApp has launched desktop clients for Mac and Windows. People who have already been using WhatsApp on their web browsers will find that software isn’t significantly different. The desktop app is an extension of your phone app, with all messages synced between devices. Giving power users who rely on WhatsApp for work communications, desktop options helps it competes against other messaging services, like iMessenger, WeChat, and Skype. WhatsApp is currently testing out B2C accounts, which would give it a new revenue source after dropping its 99 cent annual subscription fee.