Video chat – The stand in for real-time talks

These days, many of us are under house arrest due to the ongoing pandemic – the COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. With almost (literally) everything closed, the majority of us are learning a new mode to communicate with our colleagues, teachers, and of course – loved ones, through video chatting apps.

And as a result, we are seeing a massive rise in the video chatting tools in both – personal and professional use in the past months.

In fact, Priori Data reports that downloads for apps such as Skype has seen a surge of more than 100% during the month of March. Workplace communication tools including Slack and Teams are also reporting a significant increase in usage as many corporate organizations around the world adopt a ‘work from home’ policy.

However, it is the app Zoom that is proving to be particularly popular with the users. Launched in 2011, the Zoom app provides remote conferencing and collaboration opportunities in an easy to use platform. According to the analysis provided by Priori Data, the app was downloaded 27 million times this month - from the 2.1 million downloads recorded in January 2020.

At the same time, Microsoft-owned Skype remains far ahead, when it comes to active users. Skype, being an old name in the video chatting industry reported 59 million daily active users in its Android and iOS app during the month of March. This is relatively a very high number when compared to the 4.3 million daily active users on Zoom.

Of course, people use Skype for multiple types of communication while Zoom is a new kid on the block with limitations to be used in professional settings only. Thus, it might not be fair to compare the two together.

On the other hand, another study by Appannie shows that Google's Hangouts Meet "saw particularly strong growth" during 15 to 21 March.

Nevertheless, as the pandemic (to our dismay) spreads, we can expect the video chatting apps and tools to gain more prominence in our lives as well.

Which video chatting app do you use for your personal and professional use? Do let us know in the comments below!


Chart: Statista.

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