5 open source alternatives to Skype

5 open source alternatives to Skype

If you've been a working adult for more than a decade, you probably remember the high cost and complexity of doing audio- and video conferences. Conference calls were arranged through third-party vendors, and video conferences required dedicated rooms with expensive equipment at every endpoint.

That all started changing by the mid-2000s, as webcams became mainstream computer equipment and Skype and related services hit the market. The cost and complexity of video conferencing decreased rapidly, as nearly anyone with a webcam, a speedy internet connection, and inexpensive software could communicate with colleagues, friends, family members, even complete strangers, right from their home or office PC. Nowadays, your smartphone's video camera puts web conferencing in the palm of your hand anywhere you have a robust cellular or WiFi connection and the right software. But most of that software is proprietary.

Fortunately, there are a handful of powerful open source video-conferencing solutions that can replicate the features of Skype and similar applications.

See https://opensource.com/alternatives/skype

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Communicate without compromising your open source ethos with these alternatives to proprietary web conferencing software.

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