With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, where physical contact between people and attendance at workplaces, schools and public places had to be canceled to avoid contagion by this virus, established applications for communication became popular. Zoom vs Skype: Which is best for your video calls?
Zoom platform was born back in 2011, one of the most used platforms to make video calls in companies, schools and even governments. Created to be able to communicate and continue with the activities with no interruptions.
Another platform to make video calls is Skype, which is older than the previous one since it was created in 2003 in Estonia.
Although Zoom arrived later than Skype, in some aspects the former doesn’t manage to surpass the latter. The resolution quality of Skype is 1080p while that of Zoom is 720p.
Zoom vs Skype: Main limitations
Among the limitations of Zoom and Skype we can find one as the most important in common and that is the dependence of these applications to the use of the Internet to be able to use them.
The oldest of these uses around 75 MB for surfing for about 10 minutes while Zoom in case of making a video call at low quality 480p could use 9 MB per minute. If it is at 720p, it would increase to 18 MB, and if it is at 1080, it goes up to 27MB respectively.
It should be noted that to use both you must have a computer or cell phone with camera, speaker or headphones, microphone, email, plus access to a good internet connection as mentioned above.
Another point we can highlight is that obtaining an account to use these platforms, Zoom or Skype, is totally easy and free, although it is necessary to make a video call through them.
As for the duration of video calls through Zoom or Skype, the first one supports a duration of 40 minutes per conference and doesn’t allow recording the meeting while the second one allows a duration of 4 hours per individual video call, 10 hours per day and up to a maximum of 100 hours per month.
What to do if there is no account?
We know you thought if you could use one of these applications without having an account, the answer is yes, you can use them without having an account but pay attention.
Skype allows you to enjoy its functions as a test of what you will get once you register so you can access as a “guest” and make calls, send audio, emojis, share photos with friends. It’s important to note that this is not the right way to use the platform because although you can do the above, you cannot save the conversations, but at least it will serve to see everything that this important communication tool offers you.
On the other hand, in Zoom, it is not necessary to have an account if you are only going to enter the conferences as a participant, so if someone invites you to participate in a meeting, you can enter.
However, if you need to create meetings or make invitations, then you will have to create an account in this important application for companies and large groups.
When using Skype, you can make free individual and group calls and video calls, share files and send instant messages with users of the same platform, while Zoom uses the Internet cloud to unite many people in different areas of the world to start and maintain a conversation. Both applications can be used on computers and mobile devices.
The compatibility of these networks to connect people made obsolete several versions of Windows, Android and iPhone operating systems. Skype, supports Android 2.3 or higher, as well as iOS7 or later, and Windows Phone 8 or later, according to data consulted by this application.
In turn, Zoom, has compatibility with the above and also with systems from IPhone 4 onwards, iPhone 3GS and iPad Pro. Any previous version will not generate any function with these platforms.
If we talk about security to make the now fashionable video calls Skype has an important reputation as it is one of the safest to make this action endorsed by the Advanced Encryption Standard, a system used by the U.S. government to protect confidential information.
Zoom, in addition to using the same encryption allows you to create a single-use key for the specific session that the client of this application will use. Likewise, the same network suggests having an antivirus on the computer to serve as protection, as well as to avoid sending links from social networks.
Zoom vs Skype: Prices
Those who have used these important platforms will have found out that the use of them is totally free; users who already have the App on their mobile, computer or tablet can log in and make the video call at no cost with the other and other people who also have this communication network.
Zoom by other hand, if it has a cost of 49 dollars or its equivalent according to the currency of each country.
Which one is best for you?
According to everything mentioned, it would only remain to identify the intention and number of participants to start your conference or conversation through these platforms so that you know which one is the best for you.
It is important to note that Zoom is designed to connect up to more than 100 people and Skype brings together about 50 participants.
Skype is free but have low quality on videos, audio and number of persons in conference is limited. Zoom offers more options, better quality, capacity for more persons but you have to pay. Which one is the best for you depends on your necessity and budget.