Slack vs. Skype

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Slack and Skype are helpful messaging platforms that are enabling teams and businesses to maintain efficient digital communication.

Slack was established in 2013, offering a comprehensive range of features like messaging other users in and out of the organization. Users can be classified as guests (non-paying) or members (paying). Members can create a specific “channel” to organize either a particular project they are working at or a team they are managing.

Channels can also be created as public or private. Public channels grant access to all files and messages among users, while private channels are exclusive to specific members added to the channel.

Free account users can access around 10,000 messages, only one channel, and a one-on-one voice call and video call between teammates. Users can choose among the premium membership plans to upgrade: Duo, Pro, and Business.

Skype, on the other hand, enables a user to communicate with everyone. It is available in 25 countries where you can send SMS, make voice and video messages and host audio conferences with a maximum of 100 people.

Skype offers these features free unless the user contacts international numbers, a landline, or a mobile phone. Premium pricing on Skype differs, though, on the location of the users you would like to reach. Users can also purchase a Skype Credit if they are not using the platform that frequently.

Both can be used using free versions and offers additional features when accessed using premium accounts.

Similarities and Differences

  • Both Skype and Slack have about 300 million users in 30 days noted in 2016.
  • Signing up is free.
  • Both Skype and Slack can be accessed through mobile and desktop apps.
  • Skype is widely used by family and colleagues, whereas Slack is ideal for businesses.
  • Slack is suited for larger teams.

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