Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued) vs. Skype

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Business Edition 7000 was a collaboration and universal communication, VOIP / telephony, conferencing and messaging platform for enterprises of 1000 to 5000 employees. It has been discontinued, and is superseded by functionality found in Webex Calling.N/A
Skype
Score 7.3 out of 10
N/A
Skype (the personal edition) is a free web meeting, video conferencing, and VoIP software. The free version includes audio and video Skype-to-Skype calls, ability to call mobile phones and landlines, paid international calling, and conference calling capabilities for up to 25 people.N/A
Pricing
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Skype
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Skype
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
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Skype
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.3
10 Ratings
7% below category average
Skype
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Ratings
Task Management7.810 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts7.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling7.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation8.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access7.510 Ratings00 Ratings
Search6.78 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual planning tools7.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.2
10 Ratings
11% below category average
Skype
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Ratings
Chat6.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications7.49 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions7.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Surveys8.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.49 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting7.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts7.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook6.57 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
7.6
10 Ratings
7% below category average
Skype
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Versioning6.68 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files9.76 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files8.28 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration6.79 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control7.48 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features8.510 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync4.98 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software
Comparison of Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
Skype
7.4
134 Ratings
8% below category average
High quality audio00 Ratings7.9131 Ratings
High quality video00 Ratings7.8129 Ratings
Low bandwidth requirements00 Ratings6.4126 Ratings
Mobile support00 Ratings7.6114 Ratings
Screen Sharing
Comparison of Screen Sharing features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
Skype
6.9
115 Ratings
15% below category average
Desktop sharing00 Ratings7.3114 Ratings
Whiteboards00 Ratings6.457 Ratings
Online Meetings / Events
Comparison of Online Meetings / Events features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
Skype
6.7
115 Ratings
20% below category average
Calendar integration00 Ratings6.882 Ratings
Meeting initiation00 Ratings7.1103 Ratings
Integrates with social media00 Ratings6.162 Ratings
Record meetings / events00 Ratings7.174 Ratings
Slideshows00 Ratings6.666 Ratings
Online Events Collaboration
Comparison of Online Events Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
Skype
7.7
108 Ratings
9% below category average
Live chat00 Ratings8.4107 Ratings
Audience polling00 Ratings7.362 Ratings
Q&A00 Ratings7.359 Ratings
Online Events Security
Comparison of Online Events Security features of Product A and Product B
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
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Ratings
Skype
7.3
97 Ratings
14% below category average
User authentication00 Ratings7.084 Ratings
Participant roles & permissions00 Ratings7.380 Ratings
Confidential attendee list00 Ratings7.758 Ratings
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Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Skype
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User Ratings
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Skype
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(11 ratings)
7.0
(136 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(42 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)Skype
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Cisco business edition are well suited for the environment where we need regular communication as they are easy to dial and has got great features. The product is well suited for both small business and large enterprises. Speed dial, good voice quality are key features of Cisco phones. They are not well suited in scenarios where we do not have LAN connectivity or internet. Sometimes we may face latency and jitteriness which is not good.
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Microsoft
Skype is well suited for quick calls back and forth, in both video and audio, among team members who have it already installed and who know how to use it. It is less well-suited when trying to do a presentation for somebody who does NOT have it installed or who lacks internet speed.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • The platform supports up to 5,000 users connected at the same time in voice and video calls.
  • Everything is virtually deployed on Cisco servers with reliability.
  • Intuitive configuration and user-friendly web interface.
  • It has several types of IP phones and is compatible with legacy and multi-brand hardware with SIP protocol.
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Microsoft
  • The instant chat function is great. Very straightforward, easy to use, easy to learn, no technical issues.
  • Video calls are pretty easy also, user friendly and a mostly stable connection with no issues.
  • Voice calls are easy also, eliminates the need for an external landline or the need to use your cell phone. Clear connections, not really any dropped calls.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • More cloud based services need to be added to the default service package.
  • Companies frequently require a small contact center within the UC environment. It would be nice to see a build it contact center in the box.
  • It would be nice to see some advanced AI based services (IVR voice recognition service) in the BE7K application list.
  • Call recording should be also built in.
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Microsoft
  • This is really small, but I'd love to see the emoticons updated to emojis.
  • Make calling free like some other communications app providers.
  • Grant the ability to not show that you're online even when you are. Sometimes you want to make a call, but you don't want other people to see you're online and start messaging you.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
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Microsoft
I have given this rating as this need to give more than that as it's very helpful for us and makes our work more efficient and fast.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
Skype is not as good as Facetime in terms of ease to glance at it and figure out how it works. I think that's a result of Skype trying to be too many things at once. A lot of the menu and UI could be streamlined, and I would jettison some of the additional functions that have been tacked on over the years to simplify. That being said, while some options are slightly hard to find, they all work flawlessly once found.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
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Microsoft
I am not aware of the current support level for Skype for business, as I have never used even though I have the product. However, the support for Skype's personal paid users is not where it could be. Users who pay for Skype features do not have a clear path to reach out to support. So, rating 6, can be better as soon as I need to use Skype for business support and get a good experience. I will say that I will renew Skype for Business subscription, which is a significant inconsistency on my end. The explanation is that Skype for Business comes bundled with Office for Business, with no additional cost, so why not.
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Implementation Rating
Discontinued Products
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Microsoft
It can be used on the phone via mobile application as well as on the desktop by logging in to the website. Easily installed and ready to use.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
I've used 220s and 240s too, but it takes a lot of time to set them up, a lot of time to download the iso files, and set up of datastores. 7k saves the engineer a lot of pre-build assessment and evaluation time. Gets a lot done in a lot less time, returns are a happy engineer and a happier customer.
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Microsoft
Microsoft Teams provides basically the same services. Local number calling is not available (that I know of) but that only matters if you have any need to use it. Teams is a little more stable, especially with a lot of people on a call. Skype is easier to set up and to operate. Skype also has a larger install base.
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Professional Services
Discontinued Products
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Microsoft
The service provided is up to date, as discussed before buying.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • It has allowed for mostly smooth communication from department to department/office to office.
  • It allows for saved phone # / last contact to appear quickly.
  • It has allowed for safety warnings/announcements to emerge all across every office so that everyone within the organization is on the same page about events when they occur.
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Microsoft
  • Overall Skype is a good investment. We use regular Skype so its a product that comes with Windows PC's as a standard app. We dont use Skype for Business so this cuts cost overall.
  • Using the basic functions of Skype and not Skype for business does have some downsides but you do save money. There are many other apps we use as well as Skype in order to accomplish all of our goals.
  • The downside of course is that the more you want Skype to do, the more money it will cost the organization as a whole. It does have many more functions which you have to upgrade to Skype for business for. That is my only criticism.
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