The acquisition of Skype by Microsoft triggered a messaging supernova of sorts.
Fleep focuses on workspace collaboration, Wire is a consumer product competing with the likes of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and Gitter primarily serves open source communities.
Despite Gitter's superiority over Skype in handling technical communication—it even comes with LaTeX math environment support!
—Skype has managed to retain its position as the de facto real-time communication service for companies and projects around the world.
For many teams, the need to choose between Gitter and Skype is cause for friction and organizational unrest. Instead of focusing on work, people expend energy on convincing others to replace tool X with tool Y.
Instead, we propose a different solution: connect Skype to Gitter and let their adherents work in comfort and peace.
Setting up a real-time connection between a conversation on Skype and a room on Gitter is fairly straightforward. First, make sure you've got a Skype group ready, as well as the Gitter room—create, if necessary. Then, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Add your Gitter and Skype accounts to Sameroom;
- Step 2: Open a Tube between your Skype group (Side A) and Gitter room (Side B).
Once that's done, you can fine-tune the way your messages appear on either end of the Tube by configuring posting options.
Keep in mind that both platforms have certain limitations—see our Limitations page for details.