Skype: The Retiring King of Video Conferencing

Few years back, the word Skype was nearly synonymous with video conferencing. That is because it is one of those who came early to the game, and right in time with the dawn of the era of internet. It was the only solid option for personal and business video communication back then.

However, decades later, Skype slowly lost its users to new players like Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Duo, and FaceTime. And in less than a month from now, Skype for Business, an important feature of Skype, will be discontinued by Microsoft, and Teams will be their new flag-bearer in the video conferencing scene.

We think that Skype (its entirety) will soon be replaced, too. But before that happens, let’s do a final recap on how it used to be at its peak.

What is Skype?

Skype is an online chat, video, and audio-conferencing tool mainly intended for home use. There is also an enterprise-oriented version, the Skype for Business.

The app comes bundled with Microsoft 365 home subscriptions. Each subscription includes 60 minutes of free calls. Though calls are limited to select countries.

It is available on the following platforms:

  • iOS or Android tablets or smartphones
  • Desktops running Windows, Mac, or Linux
  • Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers
  • Amazon Fire
  • Xbox One


  • Instant messages – Allows a user to send an instant message in Skype and share files with other app users.
  • Online audio and video calls – Allows high quality audio and/or video calls with other users.
  • Group calls – Group calls with up to 50 participants.
  • Landline and mobile calls and texts – Call landline and mobile phones, and send SMS messages. But unlike online chat and calls, phone calling and SMS cost Credits. Alternatively, you may purchase a monthly subscription with free minutes for a specific country.
  • Skype Number – Allows you to purchase a local phone number in several countries around the globe. This feature allows you to stay in touch with your family at cheaper rates. It also allows for business purposes as a local contact number.
  • Voicemail – Voice messages are available for free. You get this feature with a number, too.
  • Screen sharing – Allows you to share screen with call participants.
  • Live captions and subtitles – Live captions and subtitles for audio and video calls (supported languages only).
  • End-to-end encryption – secured communication.

Are Skype video calls free?

  • Skype to Skype calls are free anywhere in the world.

Final Words

Microsoft is closing the curtains for Skype for Business. However, the extremely capable Microsoft Teams is its successor. Users and would-be users of Teams will surely be satisfied in with its capabilities and ease of use.

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