Skype vs WeChat


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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.
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WeChat
WeChat is a free messaging & calling app that allows you to easily connect with family & friends across countries. It's the all-in-one communications app for free
Comparing Skype vs WeChat 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.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like WeChat has more user-friendly interface than Skype 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 WeChat

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)
- Skype gets Bots (in 2016)
- Microsoft launched free Skype Meetings for small business (in 2016)
- WeChat launched Enterprise version (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)
- Skype integrated with Slack (in 2016)

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

2016 - WeChat launched Enterprise version. Skype should better react


Chinese messenger WeChat launched its free office chat app, WeChat Enterprise.For now it's only available in Chinese via apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X. WeChat Enterprise includes a number of features that are familiar territory to those who have used business chat apps. But it also has some welcome innovations. The service can essentially replace group email, and make quick chats between colleagues easier. It has useful add-ons like the ability for an employee to mark when they are on a break, hold group voice/text chats, and allows for companies to build in specific features like automated forms for reimbursements, vacations, and the like.

2010 - Cisco's top manager to become Skype CEO to compete with WeChat

Tony Bates (Tony Bates, the new Skype CEO)
Recently, we wrote that Cisco could buy Skype. These rumors appeared since it was found out that Skype and Cisco are conducting negotiations. But probably, it was not Cisco trying to buy Skype, but Skype owners trying to get Cisco's top manager Tony Bates to become Skype's exec. Today, Tony Bates, who was a senior Enterprise VP at Cisco, replaced Josh Silverman as Skype CEO. Most likely, this means that Skype will not be sold to Cisco or any other company and go to IPO to become a public company. (If Cisco was going to buy Skype, it would be logical to appoint CEO after the acquisition). Additionally, this means that Skype's new priority will be the enterprise market, that Bates perfectly knows. That is where the Skype owners are going to make money.