I am sick up to here with websites telling you “the best alternatives” while not allowing discussion – in other words, thinly disguised adverts. I’ve been a Skype user since long before Microsoft came along and ruined it.
Recently we’ve been looking for FREE alternatives to the free Skype that might do the job for text, video, audio, chat, screen sharing and file sharing. There are several contenders but typically the authors make assumptions about your preferred platforms or there are other limitations. Now, I use a PC and sometimes use my Android phone or tablet – some “alternatives” to Skype do not let you edit something once it has been sent – at least not in the PC version (Google Hangouts and ZOOM both have this problem). WhatsApp is a pain to use if you are not using a mobile device – so that’s another one off the list. ZOOM is very popular thanks to non-critical third-party promotion but at least for now I’m backing DISCORD.
Skype of course DOES let you edit after posting a chat – but Skype has its own problems like lacklustre video quality.
Thanks for the feedback guys – I installed the DISCORD program on my PC and the App on my phone – and aside from bad non-headphone audio feedback on the mobile app and some on the PC, it beats Skype no problem (video on a PC is great) AND Discord has important after-posting chat editing… ZOOM is getting all the (non-critical) press right now but a lot of articles on the web warn against it for lack of end-to-end encryption, sending info to Facebook and for example – issues of ZOOM+PRIVACY – my thanks to Mr Shark for the security warnings.
To my knowledge these are not issues to worry about with DISCORD. I like it already. I must stress te caviat that it seems to have quit poor anti-audio-feedback and really does need headphones (Skype scores well there by comparison).