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Jitsi vs Skype: What are the differences?

Developers describe Jitsi as "Multi-platform open-source video conferencing". Jitsi is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet, while other projects in the community enable other features such as audio, dial-in, recording, and simulcasting. On the other hand, Skype is detailed as "Voice calls, instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing". Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.

Jitsi and Skype can be categorized as "Web and Video Conferencing" tools.

Some of the features offered by Jitsi are:

  • Web, Android, iOS, React-native, and Electron apps
  • Ubuntu and Debian Packages install in minutes
  • Customize with config files or change the code

On the other hand, Skype provides the following key features:

  • Calling- Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.
  • Video- Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call.
  • Messaging- You're always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts.

Jitsi is an open source tool with 1.94K GitHub stars and 630 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Jitsi's open source repository on GitHub.

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Needs advice
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WebRTC
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Jitsi

For weeks I have been researching to find an open source video conferencing platform that allows integration from native clients. I am working on a solution that would need to communicate from a native app via a windows dll (at least initially). Ultimately, I want any OS to talk to it natively. A lot of platforms provide the JavaScript interface (like Jitsi) but wrapping this in a windows dll is both complicated and has a huge footprint. What open source video conference servers are available that have native windows clients that can be packaged in a DLL?

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Maddy Trusewich
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Hi Mark! I work for a company called Whereby where we allow developers to easily embed video meetings on their app or website using a simple API. If you're interesting in hearing more you can contact me on maddy.trusewich@whereby.com

Check us out --> https://whereby.com/information/embedded/

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Recommends

I don't have recommendation yet but I have a question to understand further - what stops you writing your own code using webrtc? Peerjs could help speed up the development. My experience writing webrtc client was that it is super easy to get started with and build something useful out of it. But to make it fault tolerant(addressing challenges such as firewall, NAT traversal, etc.), there is a significant effort you need to make - signalling server, ICE/TURN/STUN servers, etc.

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anas mattar
Technical Lead at DPO International · | 1 upvotes · 2.2K views
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I don't recommended to use WebRTC for group meeting because when you have a lot of participants of a meeting so in this case, it will happen hung in the connection because the stream pass over http, also webRTC support maximum 256 participants of a group meeting. webRTC is good for calling peer to peer. you can use zoom program and then integrate it with your project via api or embedded system

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Lisa Myers
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Zoom
Webex
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Skype

Hi, I am helping teachers in my kid's schools to set up distance learning and wanted to see what is better between Webex, Zoom, and Skype (although only putting this one in as most parents probably have it). The children are 8-9, so they won't be using it on their own and the parents have no experience using Webex or Zoom.

The main use will be for the teacher to explain what they will be covering in the week and enable some social interaction between the kids.

I need to be easy to use for about 20-25 people.

Thanks for your advice, Lisa

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Attila Fulop
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Zoom

We've been using Zoom for about a half a year and it's stability is unbeatable. We have all-hands on Fridays with 100+ participants. The free tier can easily handle the requirements, the only limitation is that max meeting length is 40 minutes. After that you can immediately restart the meeting, but the pro option is also very affordable. It also features screen sharing and whiteboard sharing out of the box. I also appreciate that it's not mandatory to register an account to attend a meeting.

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John Perry
Account Executive at Towerstream · | 3 upvotes · 43K views
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Microsoft Teams

From my experiences I feel like Zoom is a pretty intuitive program to teach kids, however Skype might be more common amongst them already.

I am a big fan of Microsoft Teams.

They all do the same pretty much but Teams I find the bells and whistles are easier to find, like custom backgrounds... creating groups for topic discussions that remain there until you want to change/edit or delete. Easy to share files.

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Fábio Henrique Oliveira
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Webex

Hi, Lisa,

I haven't used Skype in a long time. I have I lot of experience with Zoom and Webex. Both for me are very good tools, especially if you have money to pay for (to unlock more features, like more people in a video conference - Zoom).

Nowadays, I've used more Webex with my undergraduate students, I'm using the free account. Cloud recording is a features very useful, especially while using the free account (thanks Cisco!). Webex has control features very useful (e.g., mute, raise hand etc).

Kind regards,

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Pros of Jitsi
Pros of Skype
  • 32
    Open Source
  • 20
    Entirely free conferencing
  • 18
    Unlimited time
  • 5
    Accessible from browser
  • 3
    WebRTC standard
  • 3
    Desktop, app and browser tab sharing
  • 2
    Live stream to youtube
  • 2
    Great API to develop with
  • 2
    Secure & encrypted video conference
  • 1
    Dial-In and Dial-Out via SIP
  • 1
    FSB Approved
  • 1
    Full HD
  • 1
    Share youtube videos in conference
  • 1
    Easy installation and good support
  • 0
    MCU
  • 258
    Free, widespread
  • 147
    Desktop and mobile apps
  • 110
    Because i have to :(
  • 57
    Low cost international calling
  • 56
    Good for international calls
  • 10
    Best call quality anywhere, generally
  • 5
    Beautiful emojis
  • 4
    Chat bots
  • 2
    Translator
  • 1
    User
  • 1
    Skype for business integration with Outlook
  • 1
    Not the Best, but get the job done

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Cons of Jitsi
Cons of Skype
  • 6
    UnLimited time
  • 5
    No multiplatform
  • 1
    Good support
  • 1
    Live conference statistics
  • 1
    Great features
  • 1
    Great quality
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
  • 3
    Not always reliable
  • 3
    Outdated UI
  • 3
    Birthday notifications are annoying
  • 3
    The worst indicator noises of any app ever
  • 2
    Finding/adding people isn't easy

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