Wire is from the same people who brought us Skype before Microsoft bought the service. One of the prominent backers is Janus Friis who was also the co-founder of Skype. Wire has some innovative features that makes it a possible competitor to Skype though it’s in the market quite late. Continue reading Wire: stunning Skype alternative
Matrix is a multi-platform free and open source audio video messenger. it uses WebRTC for transferring data. Matrix started off as an independent protocol and now there are several clients that work with it. You can also setup your personal Matrix server. Continue reading Matrix: free Skype alternative
Skype for Linux is half-baked. The packages are still for x86 architecture and needs a lot of dependencies to work on a x86_64 Linux box. If you are looking for a Skype alternative that is maintained the right way, Ring might be the solution. Ring is a open source communication software and is similar to Tox. Continue reading Ring: P2P Skype alternative
Viber is one of the best applications when it comes to platform-agnostic VoIP calls and communication for free. Viber is a complete instant messaging cum file sharing cum VoIP app available for the desktop as well as smartphones. In general Viber to Viber calls are free but you can also call contacts who do not use Viber using ViberOut – a paid service. Features:
- Multiplatform – Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia and Bada
- Easy registration and account creation. Viber uses phone number to identify users.
- Simple and easy to use interface
- No ads in the apps
- Text, photo and sticker messages
- Group conversations
- Call any Viber user for free (including international)
- Full sync between your mobile and your device
- Transfer ongoing calls between your mobile and your desktop
- If you use ViberOut, recharge your account with Auto Top-Up if balance is < $2
Tox is a very fresh project and is not ready or available for download at the time of writing. But it looks very promising by the features it is supposed to come with. It is open source, attempts to be an alternative to gtalk, skype etc. and finally, it promises complete security from any kind of snooping. The look and feel is amazing! Will support messaging, calls and video conferencing. Though it will come with industry standard encryption it will be easy enough for anyone to use out of the box. Will be waiting!
Each user ho signs up will be assigned a Tox ID. You can publicly list the ID if you wish. Excited? Get your Tox ID.
Tox is multiplatform and will support Linux, Windows and Mac.