What would happen if Skype was no longer accessible? Would you be placed in a critical situation in your work or in your communications with your loved ones?

A breakdown of Skype messaging and videoconferencing service has affected a lot of people and businesses last month.

So we looked at the question, in order to find some alternative solutions, in case another outage should occur.Here are the list of alternatives to Skype Video Conference Service.

1 GOOGLE HANGOUTS

Free*

Launched in 2013, Hangouts is an instant messaging, phone and videoconferencing platform that can include 2 to 10 users that works very well and is accessible both on a computer and a phone or tablet (Android like iOS ).

The service is accessible through the Gmail and Google+ services (but you do not need to be a member of Gmail, only to have an email address from Gmail).

* Calls are free, unless you use Hangouts alternatives for pros, in a professional setting.

2-ezTalks Cloud Meeting (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS)

Free (limited) and paying

As one of the best Skype alternatives, ezTalks Cloud Meeting is an easy yet professional web conferencing and video conferencing service. Some of the features include a high quality video and clear audio, an online whiteboard tool which allows to highlight and screen capture and instant screen sharing.

ezTalks Cloud Meeting also allows cross platforms chats with instant messages allowed to be sent either publicly or privately. There are also recording and playback features and the ability to remind other users of upcoming meeting times and topics. Other features which makes this a business positive service is online training and learning, webinars, and internal collaborations to boost productivity.

3- FACEBOOK MESSENGER

Free

Messenger allows you to make free phone or video calls with other Facebook contacts, in addition to its basic function, which allows instant discussion with one or more contacts.

It would be a bit odd, however, to use this solution in a professional context, such as contacting a customer, for example, since you have to be a “Facebook friend” with the person you want to contact, or at least , To have started the conversation.

A little tricky, however, to refuse a request, once the conversation begins.

4- ICQ

Free

Popular instant messaging software between 1998 and the early 2000s, before being dethroned by MSN Messenger, ICQ (pronounced “I seek you”) refuses to disappear.

On the contrary, more and more features are added to the application, available on Mac OS X, Windows, Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms.

ICQ still allows instant messaging (in pairs or in groups), but also free audio and video calls.

The PC version also allows to group other social networks in order to centralize the discussions of the user.

5- VIBER

Free*

Viber allows instant messaging as well as audio or video calls from a computer, tablet or mobile phone (Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone).

* Local and international calls are free between users of the application. Otherwise, calls are charged at very reasonable rates (1.9 cents per minute in Canada or the US, for example), but the application notifies the user that charges are about to be charged.

6- ZOOM

Free (limited) and paying

Zoom offers several solutions for companies looking for more advanced solutions.

Initially, a package offers free meetings for up to 40 minutes. Then, unlimited packages for a monthly cost of $ 14.99 or more.

Companies wanting more advanced solutions can also ask the company: video cameras, superior audio quality, Web-based seminars, Zoom alternatives seems to be able to offer solid solutions for SMEs and multinationals alike.