19 – Skype

Down 1 place in 2019

Skype is useful for one-to-one interactions as well as group conversations. Skype for Business means it is also a key enterprise tool, and Skype in the Classroom a key educational tool.

Website: skype.net
Cost: Free for computer-computer use. Pay to call landlines and mobile phones, and send SMS messages
Availability: Download

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 15
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 13
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 19

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 18   2017: 11    2016: 7     2015: 9      2014: 25    2013: 13
2012: 7     2011: 4      2010: 6     2009: 11    2008: 4      2007: 3

Comments from some of those who selected Skype as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “I still use personal Skype, although not quite so frequently as I once did – however, since lots of my clients use Skype for Business, I make more use of that nowadays.” Jane Hart, UK https://modernworkplacelearning.com/magazine/janes-top-ten-2019/ 
  • “I used to use Skype often before. Then there was a break due to the appearance of other convenient tools. In connection with the work on the new project in English, there was a need for voice and video communications with other computers. I decided to return to Skype, which I consider the most convenient tool among those I know.” University Lecturer, Russia
  • “Able to share screens and present to individuals who are not in the office where I work, so able to conduct inductions on people’s first day” L&D Manager, UK
  • “Reliable tool to have video meetings” Principal Lecturer, UK
  • “Always handy, because everyone knows this program.” Account Manager, Netherlands
  • “Useful for one-on-one exchange” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil
  • “To be replaced soon by MS teams – yes for webinars.” Group Head Learning, UK
  • “Remote meetings and learning sessions” Trainer, India

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