48 – Skype

DOWN 29 places in 2021

Skype is useful for one-to-one interactions as well as group conversations. Skype for Business is an enterprise tool, and Skype in the Classroom an educational tool.

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

Ranking on the 2021 sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 57
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 30
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 76

Overall rankings in the previous 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 19 2019: 19 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 on Skype in 2021

“Used this a lot in my time at school, very useful to communicate with classmates.” C. Tollenaar, Project Design Engineer, Netherlands

Previous comments

“For lots of interaction during a team meeting” Sacha Bos, Project Coordinator, Netherlands, 2020

“Work communication would not have happened if we didn’t have Skype for Business during lockdown.” Education Advisor, New Zealand, 2020

“We’re a Microsoft shop. While Teams is nice, it does not yet have all the features we need to deliver great virtual training. We still love Skype’s tools (e.g., Q&A, polling) and find them easier to use than Teams right now. Ideally, the two apps will become one in the future.” Training Manager, Switzerland, 2020

“main online meeting channel at workplace now” Director Knowledge Management, Austria, 2020

Quick Guide to Skype 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Skype for teaching, training, learning and development.

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