What are some alternatives?
When comparing Pidgin and Skype, you can also consider the following products
Trillian - Trillian is a decentralized and federated instant messaging platform that lets your whole company send private and group messages, keep tabs on what co-workers are doing, share files, and much more.
Slack - A messaging app for teams who see through the Earth!
Jitsi - Open-source video calling and chat platform.
Zoom - Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-based conference room solution.
Telegram - Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free.
join.me - Instant screen sharing. Instant Aha!