8x8 Express (discontinued) vs. MiCloud Connect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
8x8 Express (discontinued)
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
8x8 Express was a cloud-based phone system that included unlimited calling within the U.S and Canada, HD video conferencing, business SMS and team chat, pre-configured. As of March 2023 8x8 Express is end of sale and no longer available.N/A
MiCloud Connect
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
MiCloud Connect is a business communications solution for contact centers that includes features like IP PBX telephony service, desk phones, softphone, and collaboration tools. It is integrable with other business communication technology, including Microsoft Outlook and CRM software.
$20.99
per user/per month
Pricing
8x8 Express (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Essentials
$20.99
per user/per month
Premier
$26.59
per user/per month
Elite
$38.49
per user/per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
8x8 Express (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
8x8 Express (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
8x8 Express (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software
Comparison of Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
8.0
6 Ratings
0% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
High quality audio8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
High quality video8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Screen Sharing
Comparison of Screen Sharing features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
8.5
2 Ratings
8% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Desktop sharing8.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Meetings / Events
Comparison of Online Meetings / Events features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
8.7
2 Ratings
9% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Calendar integration9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting initiation8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Record meetings / events9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Events Collaboration
Comparison of Online Events Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
8.5
2 Ratings
10% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Live chat8.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Events Security
Comparison of Online Events Security features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
9.3
5 Ratings
20% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
User authentication9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Participant roles & permissions9.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
8.0
6 Ratings
1% below category average
MiCloud Connect
8.2
27 Ratings
2% above category average
Hosted PBX7.54 Ratings7.515 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)8.05 Ratings8.315 Ratings
Directory of employee names8.66 Ratings8.327 Ratings
User templates00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Call reports00 Ratings8.621 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
8.9
6 Ratings
9% above category average
MiCloud Connect
8.6
28 Ratings
3% above category average
Answering rules9.06 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Call recording9.05 Ratings8.323 Ratings
Call park9.04 Ratings8.626 Ratings
Call screening9.34 Ratings8.622 Ratings
Message alerts9.25 Ratings8.323 Ratings
Business SMS/External Messaging8.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Fax8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Voicemail Transcription9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
9.7
3 Ratings
15% above category average
MiCloud Connect
6.2
15 Ratings
26% below category average
Mobile app for iOS9.73 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Mobile app for Android9.62 Ratings4.512 Ratings
Unified Communications Platform and Collaboration
Comparison of Unified Communications Platform and Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
7.1
5 Ratings
7% below category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Centralized communications management8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Team messaging8.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Team document sharing6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Call and meeting analytics6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
-
Ratings
MiCloud Connect
7.7
23 Ratings
5% below category average
Video conferencing00 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Audio conferencing00 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Video screen sharing00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Instant messaging00 Ratings6.75 Ratings
Best Alternatives
8x8 Express (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Small Businesses
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.4 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Score 8.8 out of 10
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
8x8 Express (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(8 ratings)
8.3
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(42 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(21 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(27 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
5.1
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
3.5
(16 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(12 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(30 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(5 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
8x8 Express (discontinued)MiCloud Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
The 8x8 app is great and very user friendly and straightforward. Team Members can adjust their own setting as needed.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Mitel is excellent at allowing me as a user to setup up custom call routing in response to rapidly changing work flows. If I need to work from home for a period due to medical or other reasons, logging into Mitel and setting my office phone to ring through to my home or cell is quick and simple. Changing back is just as quick.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • So easy to use!
  • Voicemail - can be accessed anywhere, includes transcription of the voicemail and an email message with the recording
  • Telephone services without all the fees of a landline service
  • Auto attendant, offering recordings of our messages
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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • The system up-time has been 100% over 3 years.
  • With separate systems and two locations we used to have to fake the system into 4 digit dialing by forwarding all remote extensions to DIDs. Now with Shortel extended to the remote location we have true 4 digit dialing.
  • The Shortel desktop application makes managing calls and call routing a breeze for even our most novice users.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • We are just starting to use the platform and using limited features at the moment and 8x8 is doing everything we need it to do.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • There are persistent problems with the app's functionality on mobile devices.
  • At times, the web conferencing service may have delays. It appears to be less stable than competing approaches.
  • Using a headset instead of the microphone and speakers integrated into a desktop computer slows down the softphone's performance.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Although the price is higher than some of the other Hosted systems out there, the value is definitely worth a renewal. Everything is relative: there are some companies out there who need phones, but don't necessarily care how they work, the functionality/features available/durability etc., they just care that they have phones that make and receive calls. There are other companies that are completely reliant on phones and certain functionality that is provided by the system. There are even some companies who are straight up dependent on the phone system and are losing tons of money anytime they are down, ShoreTel is the perfect fit for theSMB client who sees value in a solid,robust, reliable and high functioning phone system
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Usability
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
I have not used a wide array of communication software, but this far ShoreTel/MiCloud has been the simplest and easiest to get into. My work employs several temps at certain points throughout the year, and they use this piece of software frequently, and new hires seem to have little to no issue using this software. Additionally, this is our primary telephone communication infrastructure, and I have yet to encounter any issues when signed in and regularly using it handling external calls to our department.
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Reliability and Availability
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
The system has gone down on us MULTIPLE times. We asked them to move us to a different cluster. Shoretel declined. Basically we had problems or outages every month of the year from June 2012 to date. Our old phone system was just that: OLD, no bells or whistles. But it was up every day and I never had to think about it much until it was time for an upgrade. That's how I want Shoretel to be. I want it so reliable that I never have to think about it.
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Performance
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Even though the system uses a lower bandwidth connection we have experienced a higher call quality than our previous system which required a T1 line and back up broadband connection.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
If you get less than 4 phones you fall into the online only customer service. There were a couple of times that I could have used more assistance but figuring it out online was a bit of a hassle.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
ShoreTel Sky's support is amazing. The only reason why I didn't give it a 10 is that we still need to contact them for stuff that we should be able to do, for ourselves, within the management portal. I know their portal is being worked on, so hopefully they will get the "little things" included for self-management.
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In-Person Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
I attended the first ShoreTel installer class in Austin,TX. It was a week of intensive study with a live lab and having hands on experience made the class worthwhile. I have taken all of the sales courses and remaining technical courses either online or self study to keep costs down. I send my techs to the first installer course in Austin as I feel it gives them a solid foundation and most of teh other courses they have taken have been online.
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Online Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
The training identified some things M5 (ShoreTel's cloud division) could provide, however it was only using it every day and asking the Shoretel support several questions that I got the hang of it. The training was able to highlight functions but I did not learn how to use the phone from the training.
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Implementation Rating
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Each of our locations has a dedicated ShoreTel router and managed QoS. With full management, it provides us a breath of space and bandwidth to use our resources in other means. Strongly consider the managed solution as you have to maintain more technical issues when hosting with your ISP. You have to make sure your ISP can provide you the best service for voice and data. Plug and 'hope' doesn't work with just routing your phones over any Internet connection....especially when your handsets run int he 100's
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
8x8 has a much lower cost that avaya for the same features. 8x8 is a bit more user friendly than some other larger well established brands. It still uses industry standards in terminology and call flows to for anyone with voip experience its a pain free switch to make over.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Aptela. I chose M5 (ShoreTelSky) because their platform puts call quality first. Their system also uses Cisco endpoints, which are very compatible with the rest of my Cisco network. I also liked the fact that ShoreTelSky uses the internet only as a backup for transport; I use MPLS as my primary connectivity.
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Scalability
Discontinued Products
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Mitel Networks Corporation
I believe that ShoreTel can be used by a minimum company size of about 25 to almost any size of a company and this can be achieved while the company grows, hence makes it pretty scalable when required. For companies which are smaller in size i.e. smaller than 25, I am not sure how useful it would be, it may be depending upon the type of business
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • Being able to listen to phone calls when there is a discrepancy
  • Keeping the honest honest by knowing we can listen to calls
  • Easy to communicate internally, been very helpful and time saving
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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • At my branch alone, we are saving over $500 a month using Shoretel Sky versus the phone company we were using before them.
  • Shoretel Sky has increased customer service by allowing our employees to easily transfer a call to the proper department or branch no matter where they are located instead of giving the caller a phone number to call.
  • Most of our locations did not have caller ID before Shoretel Sky. That feature has increased employee efficiency because when they know who is calling before they answer allows them to professionally greet their caller and have their info up on their computer as they answer.
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