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Likelihood to Recommend

Skype

Skype is pretty good as an integrated tool for quick communication between departments. However, Zoom is lightyears ahead of Skype (and everything else we've tried) as a videoconferencing solution. Teams (another, newer Microsoft product) works for all the things I like about Skype namely within-organization collaboration and communication and is more streamlined and tightly connected to the Office suite in ways that Skype is not.
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TeamViewer

Teamviewer is best suited for any team who can afford their commercial licensing costs and have a good enough bandwidth to support its connection for a seamless work experience. It could be a bit pocket heavy for small team sizes where budget is stringent and if budget is a problem, then one should look at other cheaper options
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Skype
7.5
TeamViewer
High quality audio
Skype
8.1
TeamViewer
High quality video
Skype
7.8
TeamViewer
Low bandwidth requirements
Skype
6.5
TeamViewer
Mobile support
Skype
7.5
TeamViewer

Screen Sharing

Skype
7.7
TeamViewer
Desktop sharing
Skype
8.5
TeamViewer
Whiteboards
Skype
7.0
TeamViewer

Online Meetings / Events

Skype
7.8
TeamViewer
Calendar integration
Skype
7.9
TeamViewer
Meeting initiation
Skype
7.9
TeamViewer
Integrates with social media
Skype
7.2
TeamViewer
Record meetings / events
Skype
8.0
TeamViewer
Slideshows
Skype
7.8
TeamViewer

Online Events Collaboration

Skype
8.1
TeamViewer
Live chat
Skype
8.6
TeamViewer
Audience polling
Skype
7.7
TeamViewer
Q&A
Skype
7.9
TeamViewer

Online Events Security

Skype
7.8
TeamViewer
User authentication
Skype
8.3
TeamViewer
Participant roles & permissions
Skype
7.5
TeamViewer
Confidential attendee list
Skype
7.4
TeamViewer

Remote Administration

Skype
TeamViewer
8.5
Screen sharing
Skype
TeamViewer
9.2
File transfer
Skype
TeamViewer
8.6
Instant message
Skype
TeamViewer
8.3
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Skype
TeamViewer
8.5
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Skype
TeamViewer
7.6
Over-the-Internet remote session
Skype
TeamViewer
9.1
Initiate remote control from mobile
Skype
TeamViewer
8.6
Remote management of servers & workstations
Skype
TeamViewer
8.9
Remote Active Directory® management
Skype
TeamViewer
8.7
Centralized management dashboard
Skype
TeamViewer
7.9
Session record
Skype
TeamViewer
8.5
Annotations
Skype
TeamViewer
8.0
Monitoring and Alerts
Skype
TeamViewer
7.9
Multi-platform remote control
Skype
TeamViewer
8.8

Pros

Skype

  • 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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TeamViewer

  • Sharing a screen via TeamViewer is generally very responsive, even if the internet connection (on either the client or host side) isn't great. TeamViewer seems to use an adaptive compression algorithm, that will sacrifice some screen clarity for a more responsive and pleasurable experience.
  • TeamViewer includes a built-in file sharing mechanism that allows for the easy and secure transfer of files from host to client (or vice versa).
  • During the initial install of TeamViewer, you can set it up to "run-only." As in, it will not actually install itself on the computer but will allow for a one-time use remote session. This is ideal for a quick tech support session where the client doesn't want to, or can't, fully install TeamViewer.
  • TeamViewer is a very secure platform, providing multiple layers of security. First, the only way to connect to a client is by knowing the client's machine id - a 9 or 10 digit randomly generated number created on install. In addition, for one-time connection, a randomly generated pin is created on each use. This pin can be set as a simple 4 digit pin, up to a 10 digit strong password including uppercase, lowercase, number and non-alphanumeric characters. In addition, TeamViewer is initially set NOT to open upon login - meaning the computer is not accessible until TeamViewer is manually opened on the client computer.
  • TeamViewer can be used as both an on-demand screen sharing platform - wherein a client only opens TeamViewer when someone needs to get on remotely, and promptly closes it afterward - as well as an always-on screen sharing system. TeamViewer can be set to open automatically at login, and run in the background. A "personal password" can then be created for unattended access - this password can be as strong or as weak as you choose. One the password is set, you can connect to your computer remotely via TeamViewer at any time by knowing the machine ID and the personal password.
  • Initial setup of TeamViewer is a fairly simple procedure, especially useful when talking a client on how to install it over the phone.
  • While screen sharing is TeamViewer's bread and butter, it also includes a plethora of other features including file sharing as well as both video and audio sharing (great for remote tech support).
  • With a TeamViewer account, multiple computers can be logged in via the account and easily accessible within an instance of TeamViewer.
  • TeamViewer is truly cross-platform, with version for Mac, Windows and Linux, as well as for mobile OSs such as iOS and Android.
  • A personal license is free.
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Cons

Skype

  • While adding can modifying contacts is relatively easy after you figure it out, new users may struggle with this. Adding a simple plus button next to a persons name in a chat window would be a great help. a simple stream lined single or double click option would be great.
  • A gif repository. While Skype is a business tool some business isn't always so serious. My coworkers and I like to share links and other things quickly with each other over Skype to keep morale high. Being able to respond quickly to your buddy down the hall with a witty gif would make a difference.
  • Not exactly a bad thing but the group chat window could be confusing for new users. Streamlining this and allowing the user to drag themselves out of a chat instead of having to close a window or something similar may help with this.
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TeamViewer

  • - A difficulty that we have experienced in the company and that has been detected with each stumble that has been had, is the fact that the different versions are not compatible with each other, so if some user accidentally updates his version (very normal fact ), compatibility problems are generated that have caused our support department to have to communicate with each user who is under that condition to ask him to delete the new version, and then reinstall the correct version.
  • Although it really does not have to be a limitation, the software does not have the functionality to work through proxy servers, which could become a limiting factor of some relevance for those who want to take care of "their presence" when working in an open network.
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Likelihood to Renew

Skype

Skype 8.0
Based on 3 answers
I think so far there is no reason not to renew the license. We have been using Skype for a long time and are very satisfied with it.
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.2
Based on 39 answers
As long as I continue to provide remote support for my clients, it's a no brainier. For what I pay out, I probably make it back tenfold in the ability to provide remote support from wherever and whenever. Not to mention the saved gas money for a fix that only takes 5 minutes but it takes you 20 minutes to get there. As my business continues to grow, and I support more and more clients, my need for TeamViewer will only grow.
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Usability

Skype

Skype 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Because it's reliable, cheap and requires a low bandwidth during voice and video calling.
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.4
Based on 17 answers
TeamViewer is a system that is very easy to understand and grasp the concept of which is a very nice thing because users that don't have much technology and computer background can use the system easily. While being easy to understand for the average user, it doesn't lose the functionality and features that IT people love to see with software that makes it easier for us to do our jobs.
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Reliability and Availability

Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 8.0
Based on 2 answers
It's usually without problem, but we have had connectivity issues on occasion.
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Performance

Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The application is built on VNC which is a very stable technology.
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Support

Skype

Skype 7.2
Based on 26 answers
As I mentioned before, Skype is a pretty good product but it truly depends on your needs. If you need to create meetings, share your screen, record your meeting, or you need the ability to integrate your calendar, Skype can't do any of these things. If you need software that will allow you to communicate with your peers on a higher level, create channels, install add-ons, again, Skype is not for you. However, if you're looking for software to communicate with your peers (just messaging) and making audio and video calls without extra features, Skype is perfect!
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 8.8
Based on 16 answers
I have not needed to contact TeamViewer support much in regards to the software not performing like it is supposed to. The only reason that we contact support is to get the license keys for our updated software. We always get a response in a very reasonable amount of time with the new license keys included.
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In-Person Training

Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I gave this a 5 rating as I'm thinking that is as close to neutral as I can get. I have never used the in-person training but to complete this review I need to answer this question. As I already answered I learned the software on my own without the help of any resources at TeamViewer.
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Online Training

Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 8.9
Based on 2 answers
I have never used the online training either. I have watched a few informational videos that were helpful when learning how to do a specific procedure within TeamViewer and get the most out of the software by utilizing one of the many features that are available with the software. Again, 5 if for neutral.
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Implementation

Skype

Skype 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No, It was implemented by third party
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer 9.5
Based on 6 answers
Well I don't have any key insights regarding implementation of TeamViewer.
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Alternatives Considered

Skype

It's very difficult to compare Skype to the other tools listed above that are in the database. Skype is much more fully featured and easy to use with many users than Google Hangouts or Google Duo. WebEx and GoToMeeting are better conference call style set ups but not really in the same market but do provide some similar services to Skype. Join.me and Cisco Jabber offer some screen sharing and instant messaging features as Skype and are a little better for those purposes. In essence Skype covers so many things that it's just an easy Swiss army knife style of tool.
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TeamViewer

TeamViewer was the best option for remote control and with the ability for participants to point on the screen during presentations. It was the fastest/smoothest experience for remote control, and allowed logging into the computer before logging in after a reboot. It was also the only one with a concurrent user licensing model, which was a huge selling point.
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Scalability

Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TeamViewer

TeamViewer 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've rarely had problems with the product.
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Return on Investment

Skype

  • Faster Client Response - Because I am able to check my missed calls and voicemails through my email with Skype, I end up with a faster responses rate to my clients both in and out of the office. I check my messages with my email and return calls faster than before I had Skype. It also makes it quick and easy to check my voicemail through email on my cell phone while away from the office. I no longer have to call into my office landline to check messages!
  • Quicker Client Connection - One of the most common occurrences in our business is that one employee will need to make referrals for a student or client to another employee in our organization. In the past these referrals have been cumbersome and have not always led to eventual connection of the client to another employee. We would send them across campus to another office in hopes that the employee was available, or with an email or phone number and hope that they took the initiative to reach out. With the instant messenger and the video call function, we are able to contact employees across campus immediately so that clients can talk face to face with with their point of referral.
  • More Efficient Business Model - This is a goal of our organization for the upcoming year. Skype has already helped us to progress in this goal by reducing the amount of time spent on unnecessary communications and processes. In the past, at a business with thousands of employees, we were forced to look up internal phone numbers on our website or through the phone roster. Now, I can look up phone numbers and email addresses through Skype messenger almost instantly, in addition to being able to send an instant message. I can also view other employees' schedules and availability through Skype messenger, instead of having to comb through Outlook. This helps me schedule calls and meetings more quickly than I have been able to before I started using Skype.
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TeamViewer

  • TeamViewer has saved my company a great deal of time, my team members and I are able to deploy our solutions to our overseas customers without having to travel there.
  • TeamViewer has also saved my company good amount of finances, other PC sharing software are mostly premium and require payment to take advantage of all the features, TeamViewer is free yet has excellent service delivery.
  • TeamViewer has generally improved our organization's relationship with our clients.
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Pricing Details

Skype

General

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

TeamViewer

General

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

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