Video: BBM vs Skype
Last updated: July 17, 2018
BBM is the best way to connect and share instant messages, pictures and more for free, in real time. BlackBerry offers a family of products that brings together the core strengths of BBM with features and capabilities aimed at enterprises. The new eBBM Suite works with BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry enterprise solution.
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.
Face to face in the news:
2014 - BlackBerry adds self-destructing messages to BBM to defeate Skype
There are several new features in the latest BBM update, but two that deal with disappearing messages: Message Retraction and Timed Messages. Message Retraction is essentially an “unsend” feature, which allows you to take back a BBM message, most likely because it was sent erroneously or that it’s no longer accurate. Since BBM features read receipts, you can be sure that your recipient didn’t see your message before you rescinded it. The other new feature, Message Retraction, works a lot like Snapchat. The timer allows the sender to set a time limit for the recipient to view the message, which will usually contain a photo. So the recipient can look at your, say, vacation photo, for up to 15 seconds but no longer. You can’t set a time limit for the message’s availability yet, but you can decide to retract it manually.
2014 - Skype 5.0 for iPhone looks cooler, works faster. Beware BBM
Microsoft has launched Skype for iPhone 5.0 with major redesign and performance tweaks. The updated app looks very similar to Windows Phone. It features ribbon navigation bar at the top and on the bottom - a pair buttons that put the two most used-features based on context at thumb-point. The performance seemed significantly improved: Lag was almost imperceptible, and when there were slight delays they were ameliorated by fluid animations. The new Skype client makes it easier to start group chats and it also syncs notifications across devices — even if the recipient isn’t logged into Skype when the message is sent. The increased emphasis on text messaging makes sense, especially as startups and established companies strive to be the one messaging app to rule them all.