Ok as I have mentioned in this Topic Skype new version 8 what a S**T load of rubbish
Further research and I have discovered that Microsoft will this year sometime lock everyone out of older versions prior to this horrible new version 8 forcing you to upgrade to the new version and into the Microsoft Account world which you will need to operate all the new present and coming features in this new version of Skype.
So what is a good cross platform alternative?
My world wide scattered family and friends are 50/50 split between macOS and Windows OS equipment.
I have heard good things about WhatsApp.
Peoples thoughts please.