The instant messaging service from Microsoft is working wonders by letting its users make free voice and video calls to anyone, anywhere, anytime and for any duration. It is available for all major platforms, that is, Windows, Linux, and Mac. Very recently, it also got an overall update that changed its user interface, making it more appealing, introduced different file sharing methods like separate options to share pictures, files, others. It also allows users to share their screen, which can be helpful while making presentations, having group discussions and is definitely the most amazing feature any instant messaging application currently supports and not to mention, our test show that it works really well. Above all, it still keeps runtime overhead quite low, which is the most important aspect.
Skype: Pros And Cons
The program is even available on various mobile devices supporting platforms like Android, Windows OS, iOS. Although it is a very good program being lightweight, fast and responsive, but it has little overhead too, as sometimes it can cause a crash, which is very rare, but still there are times when that happens. This is actually the problem with its mobile application and not with the software for the desktop installation. The desktop versions are really great for enjoying every bit of it, irrespective of the platform.
Once a crash occurs, Skype relaunches and also signs in all by itself without having to enter the login details every time. When Skype is running, it not only shows up in the notification window but also on the taskbar but sometimes it irritates users and they want to get rid of it. The calls are great, noise cancelation works fine, little call drops and it works smoothly even over a 2G network. This application is definitely worth a try.
Changes on the new version: If you've updated your computer to the latest Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, you may have already discovered there is a brand new version of Skype pre-installed and ready to try. It's called Skype Preview and you are welcome to give it a go. If you continue to run your current version of Skype, you may see a screen inviting you to try Skype Preview. You can keep using your existing version, or try Skype preview. One thing to note is that you can only be signed in to either Skype or Skype Preview, so if you sign into one, you'll be automatically signed out of the other.