Skype: Online Business Meetings

Skype for Business, is an extended version of the world-famous free version Skype. In this free version, Skype is completely free except for calls to landlines and mobiles, which are subject to credit purchases, it is very popular within individuals and is also widely used by SMEs and startups; this video conferencing tool launched in 2003 and is now being used by 300 million users.

What's the difference between Skype and Skype for Business?
Since its acquisition by Microsoft, the online meeting solution has been integrated more and more into the Microsoft Office 365 suite. Users of Microsoft's office suite, therefore, benefit from tools they are familiar with and used by millions of other companies. 

Here are the main differences offered by Skype Business:

  • Personal URL creation: The meeting host can invite participants by sending them a URL containing the name of their company. This is a great way to enhance the company's image when communicating in an online meeting.
  • Document sharing: in addition to free screen sharing, the host has the ability to share his presentation in a format adapted to the participants' screens. 
  • Ability to mute participants' microphones: the "mute" function can be activated at any time by the presenter in order to guarantee a comfortable listening experience for the audience.
  • Skype for Business can accommodate up to 250 participants, while the free version can only accommodate 25 with time restrictions.
  • "Enterprise-grade" security points: SSL, data confidentiality, service level guarantee, etc. Skype offers the standards of security and confidentiality that businesses need.
  • User management (account administration): Skype for Business has a complete administration panel to manage user access.

Skype for Business is a complete, reliable and secure option for businesses with more than 25 people.

Editor: Microsoft

Strengths of Skype

  • 250 participants per meeting
  • "Enterprise-Grade" security
  • Centralized user management

Skype demo and screenshots

Skype customers

No customer reference

Skype pricing and features

Plans & Pricing

For Business
1.7 /month /user

Features

Communication
Chat Box / Instant Messaging Live discussion via a Webchat
Group Chat
Live User Status
Notifications Email, sms, or pop-up window that alerts you of an action
Shared User Profile User public and private identity (picture, description, skills, etc.)
Video Conference Audio and video calls with two or more people
VoIP Calls Phone conversations
Voice Encryption
Voice Mailbox Voicemail hosted and accessible via your browser
Document Management
Document Sharing (Files)
Documents Viewer

Services

Security & Confidentiality
Daily Backups
Geographic Data Redundancy
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Strict Internal Access Controls

Data hosted in the following countries: United States of America (USA)

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