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Score 7 out of 101

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Chime

Amazon Chime is a superior alternative to other free video conference/conference call programs. The call and video quality are great, and you can have multiple participants on both video and call. It's well suited for an organization that wants an affordable option for video and conference calls, but may not be appropriate for organizations with limited budgets or those who do very little conferencing.
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Skype

Skype is a great option for holding collaborative meetings when participants cannot meet in person. Skype allows users to create meetings with several people, which is useful. Because Skype is free and easy to install on various types of operating systems, it is a great choice for individuals or companies who need decent meeting software but also have budget constraints. Skype is also a good general choice for meeting software, because it can be used to call friends or family but is also a good choice for professional / workplace meetings. However, Skype will not work very well in areas without high speed internet.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Amazon Chime
7.9
Skype
7.5
High quality audio
Amazon Chime
8.7
Skype
8.1
High quality video
Amazon Chime
8.5
Skype
7.8
Low bandwidth requirements
Amazon Chime
6.8
Skype
6.6
Mobile support
Amazon Chime
7.6
Skype
7.4

Screen Sharing

Amazon Chime
7.6
Skype
7.9
Desktop sharing
Amazon Chime
7.6
Skype
8.7
Whiteboards
Amazon Chime
7.5
Skype
7.1

Online Meetings / Events

Amazon Chime
7.6
Skype
8.2
Calendar integration
Amazon Chime
6.8
Skype
8.5
Meeting initiation
Amazon Chime
7.8
Skype
8.7
Integrates with social media
Amazon Chime
7.5
Skype
8.1
Record meetings / events
Amazon Chime
8.0
Skype
8.4
Slideshows
Amazon Chime
7.7
Skype
7.4

Online Events Collaboration

Amazon Chime
7.2
Skype
8.4
Live chat
Amazon Chime
8.0
Skype
8.7
Audience polling
Amazon Chime
6.5
Skype
8.2
Q&A
Amazon Chime
7.0
Skype
8.1

Online Events Security

Amazon Chime
7.2
Skype
8.6
User authentication
Amazon Chime
7.5
Skype
8.8
Participant roles & permissions
Amazon Chime
7.7
Skype
8.2
Confidential attendee list
Amazon Chime
6.5
Skype
8.7

Pros

  • Audio and video quality is very good
  • Easy to sign on and start conversations, other tools I've used sometimes can be confusing or don't always work properly.
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  • Easy to install for MacOS or Windows and user account setup is intuitive.
  • In the newest version of Skype, you can make the window showing the other person very small. This feature is nice, because I can quickly look something up on my computer and still see the person I am talking to.
  • The chat capability of Skype is also handy if you need to quickly send someone a bit of code or a website link.
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Cons

  • Sometimes people are confused because they don't necessarily know or understand what Amazon Chime is because they haven't heard of it. However, they trust the "Amazon" brand, so once they click and sign in, things are fine.
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  • I find the new interface of Skype very unintuitive compared to previous versions. Every time I am talking with someone I end up clicking on icons until I find the chat area or the screen sharing option.
  • In newer versions of Skype, I've had many issues with audio feedback being slow or interrupted, despite the fact that I have high speed internet. This is extremely annoying if you are trying to discuss difficult and complex topics.
  • Sometimes the video option randomly doesn't work, and I also find it difficult to add people to your Skype phonebook if you don't know their exact Skype username.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Skype8.3
Based on 3 answers
Sleeker options available on the market but this is included with Microsoft
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Usability

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Skype9.0
Based on 2 answers
It is very useful in terms of integration the organization and very cost effective for a large organization.
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Support

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Skype10.0
Based on 2 answers
Whenever I have had issues, they got resolved very quickly. My experiences have been very good with Skype in this regard.
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Implementation

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Skype8.0
Based on 1 answer
No, It was implemented by third party
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Alternatives Considered

Chime and Biba are interchangeable to me, both accomplish the same task. We have transitioned to Chime as it was created by Amazon and we support Amazon, so it was an easy decision for us. I do enjoy Chime more as it just seems to work effortlessly. I would recommend it to all.
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Slack, WebEx, and Google Hangouts. Skype is not as fancy as Slack or WebEx, and not as international or widespread as Google Hangouts, however. As I've stated, it really shines in our closed environment and isolated domain. The truth is we have been using a Windows-only domain on our isolated environment and Skype fits very nicely into that. The simple integration into our current setup was easy and fast.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive - easy communication with the chat room feature for all teams (15+) throughout our campus.
  • Positive - user-friendly and easy to navigate so we weren't hindered with the transition.
  • Positive - Amazon Chime allows you to call in via the phone if a computer is not available. We are always on the go and phones are all that are available.
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  • The Skype interviews I have had were successful and there weren’t any issues connecting.
  • Still finding calls to sometimes have bad connection that interferes with getting to the conversation.
  • I wish paid features weren’t highly encouraged while I’m connecting with family.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Chime

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Skype

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details