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Skype for Business

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Score 7.8 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Skype for Business

You may be wondering why to choose Skype for Business and pay for Skype when there is also a free option. The free Skype doesn't come with features that would be helpful to a big group as it only has the capability to connect less than 25 participants in any one meeting. If you have a large group of employees that need to meet, Skype for Business is definitely worth the upgrade.
Sarah Bandy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

If you have to video conference anyone, and I do mean ANYone, Zoom is the perfect platform for that. Part of my job is helping our company adopt new technologies that we purchase, and Zoom is our preferred method. Maybe for an intimate setting or a performance review, I wouldn't use Zoom? But for almost any other scenario, I would recommend using Zoom.
Charles Browder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Skype for Business
7.5
Zoom
8.2
High quality audio
Skype for Business
8.1
Zoom
8.9
High quality video
Skype for Business
7.9
Zoom
9.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Skype for Business
6.7
Zoom
8.0
Mobile support
Skype for Business
7.2
Zoom
7.0

Screen Sharing

Skype for Business
8.0
Zoom
8.9
Desktop sharing
Skype for Business
8.3
Zoom
9.3
Whiteboards
Skype for Business
7.7
Zoom
8.4

Online Meetings / Events

Skype for Business
8.1
Zoom
8.6
Calendar integration
Skype for Business
8.7
Zoom
8.6
Meeting initiation
Skype for Business
8.3
Zoom
8.9
Integrates with social media
Skype for Business
7.3
Zoom
7.7
Record meetings / events
Skype for Business
7.8
Zoom
9.0
Slideshows
Skype for Business
8.4
Zoom
8.9

Online Events Collaboration

Skype for Business
8.0
Zoom
8.5
Live chat
Skype for Business
8.4
Zoom
8.8
Audience polling
Skype for Business
7.9
Zoom
8.4
Q&A
Skype for Business
7.7
Zoom
8.4

Online Events Security

Skype for Business
8.0
Zoom
8.7
User authentication
Skype for Business
8.1
Zoom
8.8
Participant roles & permissions
Skype for Business
7.8
Zoom
8.7
Confidential attendee list
Skype for Business
8.0
Zoom
8.6

Pros

Skype for Business

  • It offers work tools that manage to maintain a stable connection and quality in each individual and group call.
  • Allows sharing the computer screen for excellent communication.
  • It is a tool that adapts to the current business dynamics that requires it to be efficient in communication through rapid and assertive communication with clients or interested parties.
  • Video calls for the organization of work meetings have become a common experience in smart organizations because they understand that in order to adapt to a constantly changing world they must use more effective work tools.
  • You can make individual and group video calls, send images, emoticons, text messages, voice messages, share files, share the screen in two or group with other communication tools.
Exson Meza | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

  • It just works. Biggest complaint with our previous solution is that it took 10 minutes to connect to a meeting. Now, our users connect instantaneously.
  • Dashboard is fantasitic. Can access real time information to troubleshoot calls.
  • Admin ports offers quite a bit of information. Like that it's a one stop shop to access everything I need to administer the site, users, run reports and access the dashboard.
  • Tickets get resolved quickly.
  • Feature requests are realized quickly.
Diana Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Skype for Business

  • Having multiple Chats/Conversations open, make Skype unresponsive from time to time. Sometimes it has tendencies of crashing even on high-end machines.
  • Grouping chats - Works well, however, there is no option to group appointed meeting conversation with other regular conversations/chats that were not initiated by calendar event.
  • Should be able to have some themes to choose from. Microsoft is going for a dark theme in Windows insider program. Personal Skype already has it why wouldn't Skype for business have it? It is pleasant to the eye, at least in my opinion and for my eyes.
Stefan Trbojevic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

  • When I used Zoom while conducting some administration tasks, it wasn't quick to switch back and forth between the one providing support and the user for the copy/paste function. When I spoke to the one providing support they said it happened all the time.
Dylan Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Skype for Business

Skype for Business 9.0
Based on 7 answers
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.
Emiliano Monterubbianesi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom 9.4
Based on 15 answers
We're sticking with Zoom for the foreseeable future--given its compelling feature set, ease of use, and advanced technology, there's just no other competition to be excited about. Plus it's a Gartner-recognized industry leader, so it's a rather easy choice.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Skype for Business

Skype for Business 7.6
Based on 13 answers
Skype for Business is great for instant messaging, with some minor issues. It has an acceptable quality for audio and video conferencing. Its integration with Microsoft Office is a big plus.The one that is a real setback is the screen sharing during conferences, which can be really annoying to watch if it doesn't disconnect too often.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom 9.7
Based on 15 answers
Everything is easy to understand and use, new users need no training. On the flipside there are minor annoyances such as calendar export being cumbersome (need re-auth every time) and also not having recordings shared within a team or forcing people to name them.
Matthew Gardner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Skype for Business

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zoom

Zoom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
There have been less than a handful of outages during our two years with Zoom, and whenever there was one, an email informing us of the outage went out immediately, and they had the issue resolved shortly thereafter.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Skype for Business

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zoom

Zoom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Zoom has among the best performance of any video conference platform, as I've mentioned several times. Besides that, their Chat platform works great, and their back end always runs smooth. It's unfortunate that reporting can now only be done by one month at a time, but nonetheless, it only takes a second to run any kind of Zoom report, whether it's an attendee report, Poll results, a user report, a list of meetings from the past month, etc.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Skype for Business

Skype for Business 7.8
Based on 39 answers
Microsoft Customer support is terrible all around. We have tried to get ahold of them constantly and get in the loops of customer service where no one knows what to do and no individuals are able to help us ever. The online forums are fine, but also throw you in a custom service loop as well.
Chris Lesner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom 8.0
Based on 15 answers
As I've written before, Zoom makes us feel like we matter and that we're a client rather than a customer. They want us to succeed and they put in the time to make sure that we do. I feel like they're more of a business partner rather than simply a vendor or supplier. They spent a lot of time onboarding with us, giving us demos, helping us get set up, and then giving us follow-up to be sure it's going well.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Skype for Business

Skype for Business 7.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Greg Golding | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom 9.7
Based on 7 answers
If you receive any pushback from higher ups, point to any of the various positive reviews like this one. Or show Zoom's excellent Gartner report, or articles describing Zoom's partnership with Sequoia capital. It's not difficult to show how Zoom is a trustworthy industry leader with best-in-class technology.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Skype for Business

I have used Google Hangouts previously, and I believe that Skype is a better service. It is intertwined with the calendar. Also, when installing it as part of the Office 365 package, it is only a second install. I also like how it saves the messages within Outlook. Skype for Business also uses end to end encryption. This makes all business communication more secure than Google Hangouts
Marie Rodriguez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom is more user-friendly than any of these other options. The UI is better looking and easier to understand. Zoom also integrates well with our chosen hardware including Avocor touch screens, Huddly cameras and Shure microphones.
Tanner Lichty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Skype for Business

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zoom

Zoom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Because the Basic licenses are completely free, and because it's very easy to configure and install Zoom, and because anyone can join Zoom from a link without needing an account, scaling is a Breeze. There are absolutely no roadblocks. My company keeps adding more Zoom Pro license every week since it's so in demand. We were able to convert users from several different platforms onto Zoom with no trouble at all.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Skype for Business

  • Using Skype for Business has allowed our sellers to collaborate with clients all over the world quickly and effectively, ultimately encouraging positive client relationships.
  • The ability to train our sellers and excellence teams across the globe has been undeniably helpful in communicating the latest business developments and seller strategies.
Sondra Kinder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

  • Allowed for us to start meetings at a faster speed especially with its Slack integration.
  • Integration with HubSpot has made it easy to also set up Zoom webinars and sync any contact data within the CRM.
  • Need battery chargers for laptops in a meeting lasting over an hour - drains them fairly quickly.
Christine Austin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Skype for Business

General

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

Skype for Business Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Zoom

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Zoom Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Virtual H.323/SIP Room Connector49/month
Business19.99/month
    SaaS Edition
    Basic$0
    Pro14.99/month
    Business19.99/month
    Zoom Room Conference Room49/month
    Webinar54.99/month
      Additional Pricing Details

      Rating Summary

      Likelihood to Recommend

      Skype for Business
      8.2
      Zoom
      9.2

      Likelihood to Renew

      Skype for Business
      9.0
      Zoom
      9.4

      Usability

      Skype for Business
      7.6
      Zoom
      9.7

      Reliability and Availability

      Skype for Business
      Zoom
      10.0

      Performance

      Skype for Business
      Zoom
      10.0

      Support Rating

      Skype for Business
      7.8
      Zoom
      8.0

      Implementation Rating

      Skype for Business
      7.0
      Zoom
      9.7

      Scalability

      Skype for Business
      Zoom
      10.0

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