Abstract vs. Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Abstract
Score 4.2 out of 10
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Abstract, from the company of the same name headquartered in San Francisco, offers a collaboration tool for developers and others, featuring a version controlled master file set and approval workflow.N/A
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
Score 7.6 out of 10
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Skype for Business was an online messaging and conferencing tool, now superseded by Microsoft Teams.N/A
Pricing
AbstractSkype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AbstractSkype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
Free Trial
NoNo
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
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
AbstractSkype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
3.4
5 Ratings
79% below category average
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
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Ratings
Task Management3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access5.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Search1.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual planning tools3.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
7.1
5 Ratings
12% below category average
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
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Chat10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications7.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions7.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Surveys4.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.62 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
7.2
5 Ratings
12% below category average
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
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Ratings
Versioning8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration6.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control6.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features6.92 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync9.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software
Comparison of Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
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Ratings
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
7.9
195 Ratings
2% below category average
High quality audio00 Ratings8.6191 Ratings
High quality video00 Ratings8.3185 Ratings
Low bandwidth requirements00 Ratings6.1181 Ratings
Mobile support00 Ratings8.6146 Ratings
Screen Sharing
Comparison of Screen Sharing features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
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Ratings
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
7.9
191 Ratings
1% below category average
Desktop sharing00 Ratings8.9191 Ratings
Whiteboards00 Ratings6.9120 Ratings
Online Meetings / Events
Comparison of Online Meetings / Events features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
-
Ratings
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
8.6
188 Ratings
4% above category average
Calendar integration00 Ratings9.0174 Ratings
Meeting initiation00 Ratings8.8182 Ratings
Integrates with social media00 Ratings7.982 Ratings
Record meetings / events00 Ratings8.5143 Ratings
Slideshows00 Ratings8.9115 Ratings
Online Events Collaboration
Comparison of Online Events Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
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Ratings
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
8.0
173 Ratings
5% below category average
Live chat00 Ratings8.9171 Ratings
Audience polling00 Ratings7.694 Ratings
Q&A00 Ratings7.594 Ratings
Online Events Security
Comparison of Online Events Security features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
-
Ratings
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
7.6
156 Ratings
10% below category average
User authentication00 Ratings8.7142 Ratings
Participant roles & permissions00 Ratings8.3148 Ratings
Confidential attendee list00 Ratings5.9109 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
-
Ratings
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
7.8
1 Ratings
17% below category average
Video conferencing00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Audio conferencing00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Video screen sharing00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Instant messaging00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
AbstractSkype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(5 ratings)
8.5
(198 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(7 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(14 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(4 ratings)
8.5
(40 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AbstractSkype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams
Likelihood to Recommend
Abstract
  • Large teams with dedicated design operations support
  • UX managers that want a facilitated workflow for their teams
  • Disciplined teams of individual contributors that want to adopt a process in their UI workflow
  • Cross-discipline teams that want a central collaboration space for reviewing and critiquing UI artifacts
  • If your files are named "FOR-REALS_FINAL_FINAL_FINAL_Super-Important-Project (copy).sketch"
  • If you're managing multiple pattern libraries
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Microsoft
Skype for Business, now part of Microsoft Teams is a remote/virtual team collaboration tool must have...especially if you already use Microsoft tools. Of course, since it now part of an MS 365 subscription, it really doesn't make sense to use anything else. It is easy to use and just works. I'm not sure how anyone who works with digital files/documents and needs to work with other people doing similar work can be effective without such a tool. Of course, there are a number of alternatives like Zoom or Webex, but why pay or use another separate tool if you don't need to. :-)
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Pros
Abstract
  • Versioning for desginers
  • Collaboration between team members
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Microsoft
  • Instant messaging to anyone who we know only by name/email. Even if they're offline, they get the message in missed convos and a notification automatically goes to them via Outlook mail. All conversations are saved and accessible via Outlook.
  • Video and voice calls are a norm in the WFH scenario, and an average employee has around 4-5 calls a day. Skype gives notifications for upcoming meetings, allows easy scheduling via outlook calendar, and its audio/video quality [is] reasonably good compared to the amount of data it consumes.
  • Status availabilities - in the WFH scenario, you could be off for lunch, out of office, busy, sharing screens - and might not want to be disturbed. Skype allows you to do that, and in case you're off, ensures that you know that you have missed messages.
  • Screen sharing - we have to share screens at least once or twice a day with a coworker when working on some issues/features, and Skype easily lets us do that. One of the best things about Skype is that the screen can be shared without being on a video/voice call - which is of immense advantage because oftentimes, you could prefer sharing the screen, while it [is] too noisy to talk.
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Cons
Abstract
  • Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others.
  • Filtering within files.
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Microsoft
  • Connection issues can be hard to diagnose when they come up(as some knowledge of server information may be needed to reestablish as the connection troubleshooting options on the sky are not as user-friendly as the rest of the platform.
  • Some issues setting up camera/sound could use more info on troubleshooting options with playback sound, video, etc.
  • Statuses sometimes are unreliable and do not display correctly .
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Likelihood to Renew
Abstract
as already explained this software only does branching... the rest is really poor and basic
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Microsoft
The software is simple to install and configure. It is rather simple to explain for correct use. It is possible to profile users for the different functions offered. It is integrated quite completely with Outlook and with Active Directory security. It performs all communication functions well with one or more interlocutors and the possibility of granting control of your computer is convenient.
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Usability
Abstract
Abstract has a difficult learning curve. If a feature-branch workflow is new to you, then it will take some getting used to. They make a lot of updates to the interface and these feature releases get ahead of their documentation. They rely heavily on an excellent customer support team and are present on various Slack channels to help design professionals with issues.
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Microsoft
Very easy to use. Even though Microsoft Teams has a lot of features and integrations, as a user I feel completely comfortable on finding what I need, getting information about the app extensions and using them. It's a very comprehensive tool, intuitive design and does not make me feel tired to be using it. I am glad with the current experience.
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Support Rating
Abstract
Abstract by nature is complex and has to respond to whatever changes in Sketch. So there are frequent issues. Support can be slow to respond and are not always helpful, but they are quick to find and patch the bugs. Overall, it's not the best support, but it hasn't been detrimental.
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Microsoft
I have only had to reach out to the Support team at Skype for Business once with an issue, and I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the quickness and thoroughness of their response. The wait time was short and my question was dealt with politely and clearly, so I would say the support team has it together.
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Implementation Rating
Abstract
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Microsoft
Skpe for business is utilized company wide in regards to my company. Everyone not only uses it, but uses it often. It is an effective way of communicating. It also integrates very nicely with outlook and all conversation history is pushed to a folder within the outlook system. We also have it so that if someone misses a message, they are sent an email reminder saying that there is a message that went unread.
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Alternatives Considered
Abstract
I purchased and administer Abstract. It was requested by our design department who evaluated it.
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Microsoft
For the below reason I will always choose this app over its competitors: Better audio and video quality, Little to no disconnections or freezing when on a call/video conference Integrates well with mailbox/ calendar/ one drive, and SharePoint is easy to use
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Return on Investment
Abstract
  • Single source of truth for the team.
  • Could quickly get expensive with corporate accounts.
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Microsoft
  • Skype for Business has enabled a migration in part away from fixed line telephony and introduced the user to mobile working with a headset which cannot be overstated as being a game changer.
  • Being able to schedule Skype for Business meetings through Outlook has meant meetings with colleagues without a meeting room has been a great enabler.
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