Once upon a time, when you mentioned video-calling, everyone knew you are talking about Skype. It was used worldwide by families, friends, and businessmen trying to hold a long-distance meetings.
Those days are gone as every other app has a video-call feature, but nonetheless let's see how Skype keeps up on the Windows platform. The design of the app is as simple as it gets, with grayscale design or white design mixed with light blue color, famous for Skype.
The app's interface feels somewhat empty. You can see your recent chats at the left part of the screen. Above you can see your profile icon which opens various settings when you click it. The major part of the window is reserved for the actual chat, which doesn't offer anything you aren't used to, if you are familiar with Messenger, WhatsApp, or Snapchat.
The apps functionality is pretty solid. One thing we find annoying is that you are almost unable to see the image someone sent you without opening it, as the thumbnail for it is pretty small. This prevents you from looking at an image and messaging to someone about it. Even worse, once you do open the photo by clicking it, you can't zoom it in or do anything besides saving it.
Switching between different conversations in the app feels slow. There is an obvious delay when sending a message, too. These problems prevent the app from appearing smooth no matter how powerful your PC is. At least there are no problems with the calling or video feature although they do lack some creativity.
• Great for group chats where quality of the call or video conference is important
• The app looks pretty good and it really fits the overall Windows 10 experience
• Settings window is easy to manage, even for novice users
• Obvious delay when switching between conversations and sending messages
• You won't receive notifications if you don't open the apps window
• Managing photos and files in the app is seriously limited
• Internet connection broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice calls)
For voice calls we recommend a broadband connection with 100 kbps down / 100 kbps up