8x8 Express (discontinued) vs. Talkdesk

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
8x8 Express (discontinued)
Score 7.0 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
Talkdesk
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Talkdesk is a cloud-based contact center platform with voice, digital channel, and workforce engagement management capabilities. Talkdesk’s key features are its customizable user interface, built-in AI automation, and its integration with numerous CRM and helpdesk applications.
$85
per month per user
Pricing
8x8 Express (discontinued)Talkdesk
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
CX Cloud Essentials
$85
per month per user
CX Cloud Elevate
$115
per month per user
CX Cloud Elite
$145
per month per user
Industry Experience Clouds
Contact Sales
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
8x8 Express (discontinued)Talkdesk
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
8x8 Express (discontinued)Talkdesk
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
8x8 Express (discontinued)Talkdesk
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
Talkdesk
-
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
Talkdesk
-
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
10% above category average
Talkdesk
-
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
11% above category average
Talkdesk
-
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
21% above category average
Talkdesk
-
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
Talkdesk
-
Ratings
Hosted PBX7.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Directory of employee names8.66 Ratings00 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
Talkdesk
-
Ratings
Answering rules9.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Call recording9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Call park9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Call screening9.34 Ratings00 Ratings
Message alerts9.25 Ratings00 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)
9.6
3 Ratings
14% above category average
Talkdesk
-
Ratings
Mobile app for iOS9.73 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app for Android9.62 Ratings00 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
Talkdesk
-
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
Contact Center Software
Comparison of Contact Center Software features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Talkdesk
8.3
437 Ratings
0% below category average
Agent dashboard00 Ratings8.3418 Ratings
Validate callers00 Ratings8.1367 Ratings
Outbound response00 Ratings8.4382 Ratings
Call forwarding00 Ratings8.5372 Ratings
Click-to-call (CTC)00 Ratings8.9346 Ratings
Warm transfer00 Ratings9.0394 Ratings
Predictive dialing00 Ratings8.6195 Ratings
Interactive voice response00 Ratings8.2271 Ratings
REST APIs00 Ratings8.0216 Ratings
Call scripts00 Ratings7.8192 Ratings
Call tracking00 Ratings8.7388 Ratings
Multichannel integration00 Ratings7.9282 Ratings
CRM software integration00 Ratings7.7336 Ratings
Workforce Optimization (WFO)
Comparison of Workforce Optimization (WFO) features of Product A and Product B
8x8 Express (discontinued)
-
Ratings
Talkdesk
8.7
424 Ratings
6% above category average
Inbound call routing00 Ratings8.7386 Ratings
Omnichannel inbound routing00 Ratings8.5273 Ratings
Recording00 Ratings9.3408 Ratings
Quality management00 Ratings9.1369 Ratings
Call analytics00 Ratings8.9383 Ratings
Historical reporting00 Ratings8.4390 Ratings
Live reporting00 Ratings8.8384 Ratings
Customer surveys00 Ratings7.9210 Ratings
Customer interaction analytics00 Ratings8.4240 Ratings
Best Alternatives
8x8 Express (discontinued)Talkdesk
Small Businesses
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Nextiva
Nextiva
Score 9.2 out of 10
Bright Pattern Contact Center
Bright Pattern Contact Center
Score 10.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
Score 8.8 out of 10
Google Cloud Contact Center AI
Google Cloud Contact Center AI
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
8x8 Express (discontinued)Talkdesk
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(8 ratings)
8.1
(450 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(37 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(266 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.8
(6 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.6
(130 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(207 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
8x8 Express (discontinued)Talkdesk
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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Talkdesk
Despite the cost, the ease with which you are able to navigate the system is actually tedious. We have to have specialists in the business to aid in getting some of the reports and making changes to the system. Calls are delayed between us and customers as there is no tower on our continent for the system.
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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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Talkdesk
  • We were able to replace on-premise solution with Talkdesk Cloud solution within project timelines
  • We were able to migrate region by region while keeping our existing IVR numbers to minimize the impact on customer.
  • We were able to integrate Talkdesk with our cloud CRM, AWS storage and reporting applications
  • The IVR flow changes are easier to understand and manage and to onboard any new team members to support the agents
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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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Talkdesk
  • From experience, customer service is terrible, we've had 5 account executives over 18 months, extremely difficult to get timely answers to pressing issues.
  • Integration with other tools, such as ServiceNow, is not truly integration (in my opinion). There was a marked difference between what the salesperson communicated during the evaluation period and what we actually got once we purchased and implemented the product.
  • We continue to have stability issues which force our agents to restart the Talkdesk client. I frequently receive vague error messages ('something went wrong') that can be frustrating as there's no actual detail to what happened. To be fair, it has improved since we implemented the tool, but if you were to ask our agents what frustrated them, Talkdesk would be at the top of their list.
  • Being a multi-channel platform was one of the things that drew us to Talkdesk; however, the chat channel lags way behind voice in customization and reporting.
  • Lack of training resources. The 'Talkdesk Academy' is often very out-of-date. Would be nice to have actual webinars or online training (even paid training) for various functions of the tool like reporting, WFM, IVR, etc.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
Renewing the use of talkdesk is a cost-effective solution for our company. By continuing to use it, we can leverage potential cost savings and efficiencies. For instance, talkdesk may have features that automate certain processes or enable better resource allocation, resulting in reduced operational costs. Secondly, renewing the contract contributes to enhanced customer service. Talkdesk likely offers specific functionalities that improve customer satisfaction and support. This could include features such as intelligent routing or real-time analytics that help agents provide personalized assistance and resolve issues more effectively. Thirdly, renewing the contract ensures seamless integration and compatibility with other systems or technologies used in our company. Having a unified system across different departments or functions enhances efficiency and reduces potential disruptions caused by incompatible systems. Moreover, there may be benefits gained from data sharing or streamlined workflows enabled by an integrated platform.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
Talkdesk so far has lived up to its mission grants us a platform to use and engage with our population. They are able to reach us consistently and as they need with very few interruptions in services which for a tech company is not an easy thing to achieve. The platform is very simple to use and understand
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Reliability and Availability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
I have never had a problem making a phone call or an issue getting a line out. More times than not it is the customer that will have a bad connection or have a lot of noise on their end. I have had experience w/ dropped calls, but never not being able to access a line
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Performance
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
We have never had a Talkdesk performance issue. As long as you follow the system requirements, which are MINIMAL, neither will you.
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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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Talkdesk
If Talkdesk had a dedicated phone support line I would have given this rating an overall 10. Their knowledge base is absolutely HUGE and at times very helpful. It's easy to search through and their customer support chat system works perfectly fine, but there are just some times that you need to speak to a human on the phone to ensure you are always on the same page.
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In-Person Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
I was shown how to use Talkdesk and was happy with it. I learned all I needed.
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Online Training
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
Training was simple as the app is easy to use. The phone has gone through upgrades since but it's very adaptive and doesn't require a complete session. There are articles available for self help in case something is forgotten. There are a lot of functions to talkdesk and we have not used all of them
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Implementation Rating
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
Really easy to get set up out of the box. Anything I needed to understand further, I was able to just hop into the Academy and self-teach. I could then bring my team-members to those same sections so they could learn as well without me having to put together complicated SOP's / etc
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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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Talkdesk
We were unable to easily access call metrics using WM. Since the switch to Talkdesk, we have not had to struggle with our reporting at all. All the information we need is readily available and can be exported. We are also able to modify the metrics that we need and have them compiled in different ways. The information on Talkdesk is modifiable and makes it easy for us to get the numbers that we need at the end of the day.
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Scalability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Talkdesk
We have over 200 employees in 11 states across the United States. Everyone uses Talkdesk. I believe that says a lot about the product and its flexibility. We need to be able to rely on system in order to assist our customers. Reliability and sustainability is important to our success
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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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Talkdesk
  • Decreased average response time on emails - due to proper forecasting by our team but of course by usage of data received from this tool.
  • Increase in quality audit scores through weekly reviews by this tool.
  • Employee morale and company survey as agents are not stressing with the easy use of this tool.
  • Reduced average handle time to ensure first response is addressed or first rings are addressed immediately.
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