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Google Hangouts vs. Skype: A comparative look

Google's challenging Microsoft in the video conferencing market. This chart offers a feature-by-feature comparative look at Google Hangouts vs. Skype.

Microsoft Skype has led the video conferencing world for so long that its name has morphed into a verb, used in sentences like, "Will you be able to Skype when you're abroad?" and "Are we Skyping later?" But Google has challenged the notion that Microsoft is the video-chatting king with its May 15, 2013 release of Google Hangouts -- a platform that was marketed as a groundbreaking technology in the realm of free group video chatting.

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With Hangouts boasting features such as the ability to group chat with up to 10 participants for free -- a feature Skype only offers for a fee -- it is definitely giving Skype a run for its money. There are downfalls to being the new kid on the block, however, and the team behind Hangouts is still in the process of launching features such as texting and has started allowing users to make phone calls via the Hangouts service as of July 9, 2013. Skype on the other hand, which was first released in 2003 and boasted over 100 million users by 2006, is no newcomer in this space. Skype has already offered features like presence, SMS (for a fee) and outbound audio calling long ago -- just to name a few of the offerings Hangouts is still new to.

As a follow up to our Skype vs. Google Voice tech comparison chart, the editors at SearchUnifiedCommunications have created a chart that offers a feature-by-feature comparative look at Google Hangouts vs. Skype. Google Hangouts can be described as the cooler, older sibling of Google Voice -- a VoIP offering that focused mainly on audio communications; but is it feature-rich enough to overtake a market that Microsoft has reigned over for so long? Take a look at the chart, and let us help you decide.

Google Hangouts vs. Skype feature comparison

FEATURE GOOGLE+ HANGOUTS SKYPE
Mobile/landline calling If you have a Google Voice number and Google Hangouts enabled, you can receive and make phone calls. Calls from anywhere to the U.S. and Canada are free. Skype-to-Skype calls are free, but Skype-to-phone calling requires a Skype subscription. U.S. and Canada subscriptions cost $2.99 per month. Domestic pay-as-you-go plans cost 2.3 cents per minute.
International calling Hangouts users can make free international calls between each other. International calls to landline and mobile phones are not free. Skype-to-Skype international calls are free. Calls to landlines and mobile phones cost $13.99 per month (excluding rural Colombian areas). A Skype Unlimited World plan offers unlimited calls to phones.
SMS/texting Not yet available through Hangouts, but Google Voice offers free domestic SMS. Skype Credit must be bought to SMS; rates vary by country. Domestic U.S. SMS costs 11.2 cents per message (not including Hawaii or Alaska).
Fixed phone number (allowing other phones to call you) Google Hangouts offers free Google Voice number integration. You can confirm your current mobile phone number with Hangouts to allow mobile users to start a Hangout with you by typing in your phone number. More than one number can be associated with your Hangouts account. Skype numbers cost $5 per month for a 12-month contract and $6 per month for a three-month contract.
Mobile device extension/access All mobile devices support Hangouts. The Google Hangouts mobile app requires data network access through Wi-Fi or a 3G/4G network. Smartphones always use a Wi-Fi connection in preference to cellular data when available, and when not available will use your data plan. Note: The Google Hangouts app won't work for Android devices on AT&T's network; Wi-Fi must be used instead. All mobile devices support Skype. The Skype mobile app requires data network access through Wi-Fi or a 3G/4G network. Smartphones always use a Wi-Fi connection in preference to cellular data when available, and when not available will use your data plan.
Audio/video conferencing Up to 10 participants can video chat. Hangouts On Air broadcasts Hangouts to an unlimited amount of people (while only 10 people can participate). Google Apps for Business ($5 per month), Google Apps for Education (free) and Google Apps for Government (less than $5 per month) support up to 15 participants. One-on-one video conferencing is free. Up to 10 people can group video chat, but one person must have a Skype Premium paid subscription (the cost varies by country: U.S. is $4.99 per month for a 12-month subscription and $7.49 per month for a three-month subscription).
Screen sharing You can create a chat room and prepare/test the screen before inviting participants to video chat. You can share your screen, but only after establishing a video call.
File sharing Hangouts' integration with Google Drive enables document sharing. Google+ enables photo sharing. Skype allows file sharing over IM or audio/video calls.
Presence Not yet available. You can set your status and your mood.
Call/chat history You can choose to save the history of a Hangout. Messages are stored in Hangouts and synchronized with the Gmail chat archive. A room can stay open until an organizer closes it. You can also view past call/IM history by selecting a contact's name.
Social media integration Hangouts integrates with Google+, Google Drive and YouTube. Skype integrates with Facebook and Outlook.
Supported platforms Hangouts supports IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers; and the Mac OS X, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Ubuntu and Chrome operating systems. Skype supports IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers; and the Mac OS X, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Ubuntu operating systems.

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After consulting this chart, which service do you prefer?
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It appears to have free video calls to hangout users.
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since google is integrating all its services into a unified 'one-stop shop', i will be looking forward to google integrating the digital wallet securely into this suite too.
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It,s more useful as it connects more than one person at the same time n creates a complete kind of gathering.
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free conference video-call until 10 partecipants
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because its offering free services
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Greater potential for ubiquity, including functionality. Concerns for administrative transparency & content/identity protection favor Google, although just barely, due to NSA-like impositions/tendencies.
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Skype seems like a more developed, well rounded program, where as google hangout seems very in-dev
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well if the chart is not biased--lots of IT people hate MS--then there is no competition...it is google hands down...BUT google is getting a little too smart for its britches....i can hardly stand Chrome now...it sort of does what it wants to do and i feel i have lost control like i used to feel with windows and MS
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I love integration of google all the services and believe this will get better over time, where microsoft is less visionary and will react to advances more than create advances.
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It's too cumbersome, too difficult to connect with a customer over Hangout. Skype is a matter of a simple install, adding someone as a contact and clicking Call. Hangout's interface is still all over the place. I'm still not clear about the border between Hangout, Google+ and Youtube - feels like too much overlap, yet not clear enough to use easily if you are not a die-hard Google user who follows all updates and uses Hangout all the time.
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I rarely chat outside the US/Canada. Since it is cheaper (currently FREE) for all my US/Canada calls/chats and since it works on my Android phones/Windows computers, Google Hangouts is my obvious choice for video calls/non-video calls/texts.
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International talk/conf; ability to use audio-video and txt concurrently. Hands down, Skype is better, in spite of being a load of *** itself (and getting worse with every new version).
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Because I already have a Google ChromeBook, because it is more popular, because you can edit your screen before calls or "video chats" and finally because its free.
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large number of friends and professional contacts that consider Skype a commercial grade tool.
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Because it. Free of charge. And I can talk to ,y friends
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Skype works like a phone and runs as a service when i switch on my computer. Google hangout I find more difficult to receive calls and track who is online or not. I like the idea of google hangouts, but so far it does not work nicely enough.
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Microsoft has a long history of putting out broken product and trying to fix it later along with buying out competition which is better and squashing it and keeping their broken product and forcing people to use it. If not charging people to use a program that used to be free.
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video is sharper and audio is more authentic. fewer dropped sessions also.
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1. Skype interface is simpler. 2. I can see right away who is present on Skype (no such thing on Google) 3. I have to click a zillion buttons, which are hard to find, in order to initiate a Hangout.
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Its easier and my Daughter turned me on to it.....we video chat daily. I think its great !
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Hangouts does not allow you to quickly and simply dial out to other Skype users. Hangouts requires an invite be sent to the other user which delays the process of connecting the call. If Hangouts included this feature which allowed direct free calls between hangout users, it would quickly gain popularity amongst Chrome browser users.
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Sorry I meant "other Hangout users" in the first line - not Skype users
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have not tried hangout yet
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I need both the Skype and Google hangouts,i am already having Skype and i also nee the Google hangouts because i want to meet more people in the world.
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have android smart pone so does my family it is easy to use and good value. skype can sometimes get very busy and there are delays and hangups, I have not had this problem ith Hangouts.
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The Skype has a desktop application, where as Google Hang out does not have a application which can be downloaded and used. it is integrated with google plus. I do not like google plus.
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I wish Google introduces a separate application as Google Hang out rather than being part of Google Plus. It can be a online application. But it should be a separate application,
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because its was easeier
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Google hangout is easy to use and all my friends are on Google, so it is easier to reach out to them. Friends will need to create Skype account for no reason.
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It's free.
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because video conference up to 10 people is free on google hangout :)
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I have never tried any other than SKYPE
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Because I am in research mode. I may possibly be looking at other products besides Skype and Google.
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because none of them works. when im using skype it doesnt doing anything but loading all the time until it says that i dont have any connection which i have.
and the hangouts i cant use the videochat. it says that i have to install the plugin and i have done it 2-3 times and still it doesnt work.
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Skype is not updated on Ubuntu OS which is my favorite.
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Neither are allowed on the Government network
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It doesn't randomly cut off like Skype
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business user; using Lync
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I work on projects with people as far away as England and Australia and need every one on screen talking. Google is cheaper. I use google drive versus Sky Drive to share docs, videos etc.
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cheaper and affordable here in developing countries where credit or online payment still long way to act as mode of payment
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First of all it's free and easy to use. I use it frequently to chat with friends online.
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With over 600 users in our company, Skype is still easier for them to use and create multi-video chats. GH still seems to give our users too many problems, but it's getting better. GH also has problems with International support which Skype doesn't, but that too is getting better.
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I've been A user since day one. I am the former CEO of Skypes competitor before Skype controlled the P2P market. It's easy to use, easy to instruct others to use. Low over head- features/function across devices work.
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Skype seems easier to use that google hangout out based on the reviews I have seen
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Hangouts is less stable than Skype
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The coverage of international call in Hangouts is limited, it is not yet available in many countries; but Skype gets much boarder coverage already.
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@Boojiboy - Xxactly!!! whenever MS overtakes anything, they ALWAYS F*** IT UP. Now noone can call me, and whenever i call out, people either can’t hear me at all, or complain that i’m breaking up. Not to mention the still shoddy reception and call dropping. And for the same price? C’mon, u royal mega – billionaire criminal mofos!!

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Hello I have a windows 7 phone,  I just find out to Skype  will not work anymore into this phones, I need a this service because I do often international calls , Skype will work just for windows 8 , now I am looking for a new app. for my cell phone ...until I buy a new windows phone or android phone ....I will ask for recommendations , thanks. 
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Skype
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I have used bought and they work very good, I like Google Hangout the best now.
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It depends a great deal on what I am trying to accomplish. If it's a small chat with a few people, Skype is pretty easy. If I need to get more than five or size people on the call, Google Hangouts has proven to be the more reliable option, though it seems to tap out at around 15 participants as well. Both suffer from degraded audio quality after a few people get on the meeting.
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When I hangout, out seems to chew up >500MB in 15 mins. Never has such extreme days use with Skype
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We've been using Skype for years. Our needs have grown since then and Skype has grown with them. Sound quality is excellent, video is stable and dropouts are rare. And the cost is zero. 

When another company can beat that, we'll explore the opportunity.
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We have recently moved to Skype for business and works well for us. Our meetings are usually small group of less than 5.
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For me it's Google hangouts.
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Personally, I prefer Google Hangouts, mostly because it integrates nicely with my phone’s SMS capabilities. However, if Skype and Skype for business were to become more integrated, it would be a tough call for me.
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I would way rather use Google. For number one it integrates with all your contacts. Google contacts, voice, gmail etc. overall just integrates a lot nicer with each other. Like for Skype you have separate contacts from your normal contacts. After while it gets very messy if you have some contacts one place and some somewhere else. I like to enter a contact only one time.
 I switched from Microsoft 365 paid to free google. It's way more user friendly.
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SKYPE DUDE!!!!!
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I have used both and now prefer GH
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HANGOUT IS A WINNER
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Hangouts for sure!
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Please note that Bluetooth on Skype on an Android device does not work - people have literally loathed, cried but in vain.
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I want something that works with my Bluetooth without an issue and GH seems to do that - Android (SGS4) does not support 3rd party applicatons to work with BT - GH works, maybe because its Google's product???
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more functionality and cheaper, i think.
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We've been using Hangouts very successfully for a little over a year. Our customers love it, and quite a few Skype users have converted over to Hangouts.
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From the chart, it looks like Hangouts is cheaper. Will try Hangouts for personal use. It also depends on majority users' preference on which type of phone.
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Done.
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It is integrative, fast, and easy.
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google is in my hands where a skype is not
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Google Chat is free. Seems a little slow on my first attempt. I am going to continue to explore the program.
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Skype is still the kring but it's good w some real competition!
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Skype has much better install base. Enduser trust with Skype much better.
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Google Hangout is far awesome than Skype
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skype is an amazing service, and u cant share your screen without video call
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any other alternative?
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Love that Google is so integrated and features are as good as or better than whay Skype has to offer.
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Horses for courses! -
free group conferencing is not possible with skype
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gh ftw
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Hangout is till an infant and you cant hangout on AT&T 3G while you can on skype.
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hangouts lack controls and doesn't let you save video call chat history. and Skype eats at my notebook's resources to the point of paralysis
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I have been having so many problems with Skype, its unbearable
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Until last week, I had never heard of VoIP calling. I have installed Google voice because it is free, no subscription needed. We will see how reliable the service is!
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researching for Business Enterprise
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Suits my needs more .
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Hangouts rocks
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Skype looks like paid service for most of the needed features...
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Google Integration is what I like most.
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I need to know which is more robust over a poor line, or whether there is no difference. This does not appear to tell me.
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Works great! GOOGLE is the MAN!!!!
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As taxas aplicadas combinada com a eficiência dos serviços inspiram confiança ao produto
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Hangouts' integration with Google Drive and Docs is the deciding point for me.
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skype has a deal-breaking bug where the sound goes berserk after exactly one hour
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gOOGLE HANGOUT
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We use Google Apps for Education at work for free. Unfortunately, HR doesn't want to enable chat for everyone as we cannot force archive the chat records. Chat must be enabled for Hangouts to be enabled...
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Skype GUI is bloated.
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Skype!!
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Skype!
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Skype is better!
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No Invisible status in HO.
Online status not available in HO on mobile.
IM deliver instantly in SKype, HO can take hours.
HO requires more resources.
HO "forcing" me into a social media platform.
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I'll go for google hangout as i know it provide much more feature than Skype
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Hangout is nice, but there should be an option to start non-video call.
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good
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Broader range of enhanced communications. Also Google Voice features do not work when calling from Canada.
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Google Hangouts does seem better. It seems to have more capabilities. I use Skype at the moment, but I might swap!
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Shitty and disturbing popup !
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I, for one, welcome our googlian overlords.
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Sounds great
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Skype needs some serious competition. It's a bandwidth hog. Maybe with Google nipping at their heels, they will lift their game.
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Have always been a fan of google, it can only get better. Have not been a real big fan of Microsoft.
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Hangouts had great with gmail but very limited
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Skype is the way
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I only pick Skype because that's what I'm familiar with and many people I know have it. They seem pretty much the same for what I need so why switch?
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Hangouts appears to be a superior service with a lower price.
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So when google wipes the slate clean from its competition will they start asking for cash?
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I am now a huge chromebook user. very mobile but durable with my files anywhere I am.

Skype does not work on all platforms but is great for international calls - not likely to have an impact on my business.
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Hangouts!
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Just seems more cost efficient for now for the features rendered. SMS is possible using the right config it seems. I personally test drive it and see how all these bells & whistles sound...
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I think Google Hangouts is a great app. I'm wondering what the learning curve is. I hope its not too hard to learn to use.
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hangouts all the way
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Not triied hangouts yet. Most people I know use FB and Skype so its a big change...is it worth it?
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skype was good, but now is time for hangouts
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Skype seems flaky with my Android tablet. Cant sign in.
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I recently took a look at the newer innovations (screen controlling- online tech support? that's crazy!) of Google Hangouts, and I think at this point, it's about even, if not better than Skype. In future calls with friends/teammates, I'll prefer to use Hangouts. Google is the future.
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Google Hangouts is the future.
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Hangouts missing the federation to others via xmpp, makes my preferred choice, skype.
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its better
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too bad Skype sold out to MS
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Skype lost my loyalty when excluding the "share screens" function from its free version
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Skype will not be taken forward well by Microsoft. they will make is a useless tool. Google's approach is better.
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easier to set up
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I love it
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I rather Google Hangouts because using Hangouts on Air, I can livestream my gaming videos straight to my Youtube channel for free. Better (in my opinion) than paying money for Fraps or something like that.
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it is better and also for free you can join up to 9 other person. Also you can broadcast to youtube
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Neither are secure. Wouldn't consider either of them with other options like jitsi available
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Simply put, not enough reason to change from Skype to Hangouts.....
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Tech friends think hangouts is smoother and has better code. Being first has advantages but employing an older technology and not updating can leave Skype vulnerable.
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I love Google Hangouts.
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Google Hangouts all the way. 10 people for free.
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I was tempted to say Hangouts but apart from group video call being free on Hangout, I just don't see enough differentiation between the two
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I've had skype for a long time but i prefer google hangouts because of being able to video call with more people and google has more users than skype
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skype is just easier to manage/setup. plus it has facebook integration. Skype has a LOT of features for only 2.99 a month.
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Untill Google releases a client for Hangouts independant of Chrome while adding in the ability to set status messages, configured the way text to text chat looks and enable voice call without activating video call my standpoint is that Hangouts is only a replacement for Skype if you're on an Android device. Otherwise Skype is the winner by miles.
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the quality of hangout video calling is great on low bandwidth networks, where Skype fail miserably. also since hangout is completely web based interface i don't have worry about the graphics issues i frequently face with skype client and my graphics drivers. Moreover on android devices its easier to work with hangouts than with skype. Saying that hangouts is still in early stages and there are many essential features missing. This is the beginning of end of skype.
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well , yes hangouts is MUCH better but skype is more known among the people all around the world
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Skype works on Kindle HD while Google Hangout does not
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HangOut is great!!!
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Hangouts DOES NOT work on all mobile platforms. There is currently no way to access Hangouts on Windows Phone.
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Hangouts blows Skype out of the water
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Ever since Microsoft took over Skype, the audio quality of calls from outside the US to US numbers has been steadily deteriorating. This is an extremely important use case for me. I did A/B testing on the same number and Google Hangouts is now far superior. Even though I have been using Skype for years, I have to switch. One bonus for me is that Hangouts does not charge anything for this case, either.
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looks good
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HANGOUT FTW!!!!
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microsoft = money for preth
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Google plans to take over the phone industry.
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No matter which one you choose, NextPlane (www.nextplane.net) federates both Skype and Google Hangouts with major UC Platforms!
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google
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Please integrate those two
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Convido a testar o Google HangOut.
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:)
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I've been using Hangout since its inception and prefer it!
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Plus, they have awesome effects!
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GOOOGLE
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Microsoft Lync is better than both, for business use.
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Google Hangouts is far better than skype. the only category it loses in the People. Not many people know/use it. For eg. none of my friends are using hangouts. i had to tell them about it.
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Google handouts sound good especially for conferencing. I would need to try it and find out what others think about its use before finally deciding what I think.
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still google hangouts. More features available
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Loved this...doesn't require a bunch of info to get hooked up...easy to use!
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Google Hangouts is better and i do not have to install any extra software just run it from chrome
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Google is an all in one software (dropbox, skype, email, etc) great for personal use or business
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i hate skype all the time they got voice and video issue
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I prefer Google hangout.
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What I want to know is which uses less bandwidth - I want a free, low bandwidth, talk only system for use when I am in 3rd world places
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The free features are definitely better.
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Google Hangouts is much better than Skype...
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That's great
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I have to modify my Post 468160 below ... it looks like the call quality of Hangouts has dropped significantly, and at the same time Skype has improved. So, Skype is working much better for me now in A/B comparisons. While I was testing recently, it was essentially impossible to carry on a conversation in Hangouts, and no problem in Skype.
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Competition is very helpful for industry and marketplace.
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sms - chat history
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I like Google hangouts after putting Skype side by side
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Hangouts is not supporting android 2.2 and i have a smartphone which have android 2.2 and skype supports it
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I will comment after experiencing Hangouts,
I am currently using skype,
have not experience with hangouts...
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I use google+ for business/serious conversations due to its superior abilities like file sharing and easier screen-sharing, but when simply gaming with friends, Skype's simplicity just can't be beat.
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Skype. It does what I want and does not need Google+.
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very good article and review
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I trust them both less and less everyday
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hangout is better
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IOCOM!
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Skype has gone downhill since acquired by MS .
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Security is a big concern.
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Group video chatting with my friends and calling US at no cost where my relatives is makes me use Google.
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I've had security issues with Skype in the past studio i won't use Skype. Google for me has always had security issues with the use of Chrome. Ii feel more confident Microsoft and until i know they have mastered security in Skype I'll sit still with that. I want to use a program like Skype and i can't wait till i feel confident try again.
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I am still unclear about the benefits/drawbacks of each service
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GH. Greater potential for ubiquity, including functionality. Concerns for administrative transparency & content/identity protection favor Google, although just barely, due to NSA-like impositions/tendencies. The recent NASA-Comet Ison hangout went well.
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Trying to explain to my elderly parents how to use hangouts is like explaing CERN to them. I thought them skype in one hour. I'm still trying to get my parents on hangouts for over a year... It's too complicated for the elderly and why did they use new terminology to make a video call.. madness
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All mobile devices support Hangouts.
All mobile devices support Skype.

Are you kidding?
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Between Skype and Google hangouts, I would still vote for Skype b/c of its superior voice quality. But recently, I have discovered another very good alternative solution: RHUB`s Web conferencing servers and its voice quality beats both Skype and Google hangouts.
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Our company uses Hangouts and I hate it! We used Skype at a previous employer and it was rock solid! The use of video in conferencing isn't really leveraged that much even in Hangouts. Most people don't need (and don't want) to be seen to communicate usually. Hangouts is extremely buggy. I can't count the times I've logged on to a conference the same time others are but it shows waiting for others to join. I'd have to cancel and reconnect before it would work ok. Also, the screen sharing is very problematic in Hangouts and in my opinion unusable.
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Note, I just got this message when signing up for Google Voice: "You will be required to verify an existing U.S. phone number to get a Google Voice number." Skype never requires this, and can create a working number for you. Also, Skype now has free group video calling with up to 10 participants
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I have only briefly once used Google Hangouts, and also have only used Skype a handful of times. The only time that I have used either product is when I had a meeting request from someone who had a preference for one or the other.  I'm not that familiar with either product, but it does look like Google Hangouts has some nice features. 
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I would prefer Google+ hangouts
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"Google is challenging Microsoft", huh? Microsoft bought Skype. I don't look at it as a technology race, certainly not on MS side.
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