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 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

  • I currently live in Central America and here WhatsApp has all but replaced regular SMS messages as the texting choice, so I have been using that.
  • Also using Telegram
  • It's actually surprising that Facebook didn't even make it to at least 2nd place. So it is indeed depends on demographic.
    Most of my families and friends use Facebook Messenger for most of the communication these days. We used Skype heavily for video and voice calls before, but slowly forgotten as Facebook Messenger gain video calls. For some of my friends, we use Discord heavily when gaming and some casual group conversation. Though Facebook is still a primary one.
  • Well, that's why FB bought WhatsApp
  • Not so much demographics, when it comes to Skype. Keep in mind, Skype is used by a lot of government agencies, with teleworking being at an all time high.
  • I'm really suprised that, after writing a setup guide to discord, you did not include it here?
  • For me telegram is the top choice. The channels, its cloud based structure and being one of the most feature reach messengers ever made it my favorite. I love the sound/video quality on skype so I use it when I teach online. Skype is very good for teaching online.