HipChat vs Skype


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HipChat
Group chat and video chat built for teams. Share ideas, code, and files with your team in real time. Rooms are perfect for individual projects, teams, or entire departments. You can also hop into a 1-to-1 chat with a coworker anytime. Connect your team and build genuine consensus with face-to-face video chat and real-time screen sharing. The next best thing to right next to you. HipChat free open-source (self-hosted) alternatives are: Mattermost, Rocket.Chat, Zulip
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Skype
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
Comparing HipChat vs Skype is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Skype has better video than HipChat



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Skype has more user-friendly interface than HipChat because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Skype is more popular than HipChat

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Skype radically redesigned mobile and desktop apps (in 2017)
- Skype adds real-time translation to all VoIP calls (in 2016)
- Skype now allows to make calls without registration (in 2016)
- Amazon Alexa comes to workspace via HipChat (in 2016)
- HipChat adds group video chat (in 2016)
- Skype gets Bots (in 2016)
- Microsoft launched free Skype Meetings for small business (in 2016)
- Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free in Microsoft Edge (in 2016)
- Skype for Web now supports calling to mobile phones, landlines (in 2016)
- Skype discontinues its video messaging app Qik (in 2016)

Looks like Skype was recently more active than HipChat (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which HipChat and Skype meet head to head:

2015 - Atlassian acquired team chat Hall. Skype should better react


Atlassian, that providers services like JIRA, Confluence and the group chat tool HipChat, has acquired Hall, a group chat service for businesses. Both HipChat and Hall currently offer free starter plans for an unlimited number of users in a given team. For advanced features Hall currently charges $4 per user/month while HipChat’s plans start at $2 per user/month. Unlike Hall, though, HipChat offers more advanced features like video chat and screen sharing. With Hall, the company is acquiring new users in financial services, real estate, professional services and similar industries where Hall found its niche since its launch in 2011. The company will shut down Hall on June 30th, but current Hall users can now migrate their users, messages and files to HipChat.