When comparing Skype vs Keybase, the Slant community recommends Keybase for most people. In the question“What is the best team chat software?” Keybase is ranked 30th while Skype is ranked 60th. The most important reason people chose Keybase is:
Completely end-to-end encrypted.
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Pro Easily connect with others due to how popular the service is
There's a good chance that whoever you're trying to reach has Skype already set up and familiar with it, avoiding the hassle of installing and getting to know new software.
Pro Screen sharing
You can show your whole desktop, a select part of the screen or a specific window over Skype.
There's software for Windows, Mac & Linux and apps are available on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.
Pro Group video for free
You can hold video calls with up to 10 people.
Pro Available on Linux
A stripped down, minimalist version of Skype is available for Linux.
Pro File sharing
Skype allows you to send any files (MP3s, images, text, etc.) by simply dragging and dropping then in the chat window making it simple to share things with colleagues.
Pro Cheap fixed phone number
Starting at $5/mo you can get a Skype number.
Pro Send SMS and make regular calls
With Skype Credit bought or a subscription, you can send SMS and make direct calls.
Pro Group chat with archive / records
Pro Powerful 1:1 chat and also group chat
Pro E2E encrypted
Completely end-to-end encrypted.
Pro 250GB of free team file storage
250GB of free storage for encrypted files in a team.
Pro 250GB of free private file storage
250GB of free storage for privately-encrypted files.
Pro Shared private encrypted filesystem
Share files securely and privately with other users, a group of users, or a team.
Pro Public encrypted filesystem
For sharing files publicly.
Pro Encrypted Git
Encrypted private or team Git repositories with automatic commit signatures.
Pro Encrypted file sharing
Securely share files.
Pro Private encrypted filesystem
Securely store personal files that only you can access.
Free (as in beer) and Open Source Software.
Pro Public teams
Teams can be public with open access or admin-approved access. Opt-in to list public teams.
Pro Private teams
Teams can be completely private (access granted via admin-approval only, not publicly listed).
Pro E2E encrypted team chat
Teams are E2E encrypted, unlike Slack and other services.
Pro Identity verification
Users can publish proofs of identity (PGP public key, Twitter, Facebook, etc).
Pro Public key encryption
Supports public key encryption.
Pro PGP/GPG support
Encrypt/decrypt any PGP message or file with minimal effort.
Pro Sigchain verification
View/verify the cryptographic signature history of any user.
Pro Blockchain technology
Based on blockchain technology.
Pro Free static site hosting
Host a public static website for free. Sites are automatically viewable via keybase.pub if an index.html or index.md exist in your public files.
Con Plagued by bugs on all platforms
Crashes and other bugs are prevalent on Android, Windows and other platforms.
Con Not a feasible alternative as a professional team chat
Missing key feature such as centralized mgmt, centralized billing, data retention policies, ...
Con Poor quality when screensharing
It is not possible to manually set resolution or bitrate, and Skype often defaults to a resolution so low that text is unreadable. It is also not possible to transfer control over mouse and keyboard.
Con Slow filesharing speed
Con Owned by Microsoft
Con Obnoxiously large ads
Ads take up over 25% of the usable space.
Con Poor Linux support
The version available for linux users is quite outdated, and does not support some of the newer functionality, such as the free group video calling and screen sharing.
Con Requires both ends to be online (if neither end is using a cloud-enabled device)
Messages are sent and received only when both ends are online, if neither end is using a cloud-enabled device. In this case, if you are online 9-17 and your recipient is online 18-3, messages will never be delivered.
Con MIcrosoft (Skype's owner) actively assists eavesdroppers
On the other hand, if you lose your copy of one of your conversations, you may be able to get a copy of it from your government with a little bit of luck and a public records request.
Con Subpar video quality with more than 5 users
Skype has significant problems with multiple users and video quality. Skype recommends that a max of 5 users group chat as video quality is severely affected. Even webcams tested with other chat services showed lower quality when used with Skype.