I used to love Skyping with friends while at Penn. It was a great way to catch up and put a voice to a face. It was most fun when there were multiple friends all chiming in on one conversation! Then one day... I noticed you had to pay to call more than 1 person at a time. Then slowly, I also noticed the Skype connection would routinely lag terribly or get completely lost. At some point I had blamed our internet connection, but at some point I realized it was not just that at play.
I also had bought Skype premium in order to have meetings with people on the East Coast and another teammate if they were not on location. So I ended up paying infinitely more than when I started (any dollar amount is infinitely greater than 0 right?) and still paying for crappy service. I was pretty frustrated. Skype screwing over their employees when they got acquired by MSFT didn't help either.
Fortunately, a miracle occured! The ushering in of Google+ brought with it a new chat system, Google Hangouts. I switched back and forth with it and Skype for meetings and realized it was infinitely better and infinitely cheaper (according to the same math as before).
So as I've begun to take more and more remote meetings, I've started to develop a rule. Let's use Google Hangout not Skype.
I'm sorry if I seem persistent at times or a jerk for pushing that, but here are my reasons:
- Skype DID do a horrible thing to their employees. Something all honest startups would frown upon. Link here: http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/26/skypes-worthless-employee-stock-option-plan-heres-why-they-did-it/
- Google Hangout is FREE.
- Google Hangout has a better conection.
That third is probably all that needs to be said. Skype's connections just suck. Google Hangout is significantly better. This is because (I believe, but have not confirmed to be factual) Skype hosts connections on client PC's, but Google Hangout hosts it on their much better servers/connections.
So again, I really do apologize to those of you who I try to push to switch meeting venues from Skype to Google Hangout and I feel like I have good reason to. If someone really does prefer Skype though... I can handle it.