Windows Central readers embrace Skype, WhatsApp to stay connected during quarantine

Skype on iOS
Skype on iOS (Image credit: Windows Central)

A whole lot of people are spending a lot of time inside during the current global health crisis, which means we're all relying on messaging and video calling apps more than usual. We asked you to chime in with how you were staying in touch with friends and family while stuck inside this week. While there were a lot of different apps to pick from, there were two clear winners: Skype and WhatsApp.

In total, our (admittedly casual) poll garnered 526 responses, with Skype and WhatsApp netting 110 (20.91 percent) and 103 (19.58 percent) votes, respectively. Following those up were phone calls and Facebook Messenger, which received 80 (15.21 percent) and 59 (11.22 percent) votes. The rest of the field was made up of the generic "other" category, FaceTime, Zoom, Houseparty, and Google Hangouts / Duo.

Because you're reading this on a Windows site, it's not too surprising to see a bit of a bias towards Skype in the results. Likewise, WhatsApp is one of the top communication apps around the globe, so its high share makes sense.

The numbers cited above represent the poll's responses as of writing this. You can still cast your vote if you missed the poll earlier this week.

Are there any entries that surprised you? Anything you would have like to see on the list? Let us know in the comments.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl