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- Notifications - It is clear when you have a message on Skype.
- Org Charts - It's easy to view a person's organization in the company directly in Skype.
- Contact Information - It's an easy way to find someone's email, phone number, etc.
- Slow Screen Sharing in Meetings - There is often a lag on what the presenter is showing and what is showing up on the conference room screen or the screens of the remote audience.
- Outdated Experience - Compared to other conferencing tools like GoToWebinar, Zoom, BlueJeans, etc., Skype is behind. There is not much you can do on a conference other than screen share. It's hard to control the audience, and there always seems to be an issue.
- External Users - Skype is very difficult to use with external users. We almost always have to use another tool when we want to screen share with outside parties.
- It monitors the status of employees. It is smart enough to tell when a user is "projecting" their screen.
- Skype gives users the ability to organize contacts in groups and limit who employees can contact.
- Skype chat, audio, and video is great for working from home. It's come in useful during the shelter in place order in communicating with the team.
- Skype for Business is used with Microsoft Outlook a lot. The compatibility between the two can be enhanced.
- It has room for improvement with regards to the image and audio quality of videos.
- More customizable features would really enhance user's experience.
- Immediate check on the status of colleagues (present, available, in a meeting etc ...)
- Ability to call, video call and share one or more screens with the ability to grant control
- It integrates with Outlook to be able to organize meetings with multiple interlocutors
- The granting of the remote connection can be improved, perhaps automatically using the Remote Desktop rather than the implementation made on Skype for business, since they are both Microsoft software.
- Video calls could be improved by being able to select any image quality, in order to limit internet traffic.
- The delegations with which Skype for Business and Outlook interfaces should be improved
Skype is well suited for when you are in an office and need to know which coworkers are available and which ones are not. It lets you see which ones are on the phone or even away from their desk.
It isn't suitable for an everyday use just to chat. It isn't designed for that. It's to make the work space an easier place to communicate.
- Ability to easily instant message an employee.
- Ability to view statuses of all employees.
- Ability to create contacts and favorites lists.
- I don’t care for the fact when you lock your computer it instantly says you’ve been gone for 5 minutes because that is not accurate. It only shows increments of 5 minutes I believe.
- The emojis are never updated. No new emojis.
- I wish there was a feature like the regular Skype that allows you to delete a link you previously sent in an instant message.
- Skype for Business can support large meeting numbers.
- Skype for Business is newly refreshed and has very little lag time.
- Skype for Business effectively integrates with existing Skype users.
- I think the Skype for Business mobile capabilities could use a few small updates, as we have run across a few glitches that may just be due to connectivity issues.
- File sharing is slightly clumsy but we have gotten the hang of it as a team.
- That's it! Skype for Business is pretty great and easy to use.
- As it is part of the Microsoft product family, it integrates with Outlook and Office on the Windows platform quite well. For example, it detects when you're idle and sets your status as away automatically, and you can launch the chat directly from your Outlook email address, which is quite handy.
- The look and feel of Skype for Business is better than the previous version, Lync.
- The screen sharing feature is well done. We can quickly launch the presentation mode or directly have the control of the remote end, which makes daily work cooperation very efficient, even across the continent.
- It is not an easy job when we try to connect with outside customers or partners who are not familiar with it, even if they install the same Skype for Business. It requires a lot of time to figure out the tricky set up before the meeting can really start.
- Skype for Business is separated from the the normal Skype. Maybe they can be somehow be integrated a little bit, otherwise sometimes we have to have both installed and switch between two Skypes.
- Webinar features are missing in this product.
- Skype for Business has grown quite a lot since its days as Microsoft Lync, and is now quite nicely integrated with almost facets of Windows and Office (and other Microsoft stuff).
- It's nice for inter-office communication when everyone's using Active Directory and has Skype for Business running.
- Skype for Business works well even on non-Windows and/or non-university machines (e.g. personal computers).
- Skype in general, including the Business version, can be pretty clunky, and surprisingly resource-hungry, especially when it's always running, and on machines with lower specs.
- This resource hungriness can be worth it for quick IMs to other members of the same organization, but I really have a hard time recommending Skype over something like Zoom for videoconferencing.
- Video communication with others in the same organization just doesn't always seem to work very well, even on the same network.
- Easy to use screenshare capabilities.
- The clarity in sound when on the phone.
- Allows for a nice chat function.
- Complicated for external users.
- Need to download software to use the screen-share technology.
- Seem to need to redownload fairly often.
Skype (now Teams) is constantly improving. It does, however, need some integration with modern software development tools (Atlassian products, for instance). But I prefer it much more than HipChat or Mattermost. Skype is more intuitive and easier to use.
- Manages large numbers of users.
- The ability to share screens and collaborate across multiple desktops.
- The cost is something that is very affordable.
- It's harder to use with some Apple users.
- It's not as robust when you only have two users.
- You can't always use the presentation mode as easily as you should.
- Easy roll out and simple set-up.
- Almost no learning curve for users, even the least experienced employees can figure out how to contact fellow employees.
- Simplified licensing.
- Need better remotes. I know this is a business software but inner team discussion should be light-hearted.
- Sometimes there is a delay between password changes on the machine and when Skype for Business recognizes it.
- It's a light app to download.
- Don't need any special OS specifications.
- It's easy to share screens.
- It allows many people to connect.
- It's hard sometimes to connect the microphone or audio.
- It's not that intuitive when audio or microphone problems happen. I had to restart a call several times because I couldn't figure out how to connect my microphone.
- Sometimes has some delay when establishing the calls.
- Instant messaging -- one thing that Skype for Business does well on the desktop application.
- It's easy to use.
- Good enough quality for audio and video conferencing.
- Office integration. Personally, I love the button "Join Meeting" from the popup reminder before a Lync meeting.
- The biggest issue in Lync is the screen sharing during conferencing. It disconnects many times, and even when it is working, the delay is annoying.
- Mobile app and desktop app don't sync up very well. You can end up having parts of the conversation in both places.
- It is constantly slow in connecting first time when changing network connections, like connect/disconnect to a VPN network.
- Integrates with Office 365 Suite.
- Good audio and video Quality.
- Simple to use interface.
- Other video conferencing offers more capability in terms of capacity.
- Device support for Linux is still lacking.
- Microsoft is not backing this product and will stop service after a while.
Skype for Business Scorecard Summary
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What is Skype for Business?
Skype for Business is part of Microsoft’s 365 suite offering and provides an IP
PBX for online messaging and web conferencing. It includes features such as
live streaming meetings, dialing into conference calls, and the ability to
make, receive, and transfer calls via a computer or mobile device. It offers a
free version of its service with basic features, and a licensed version that
offers its full suite of tools.
Previously, Skype for Business integrated with Skype for Business Server to provide a complete, unified communications offering. However, in 2018, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Teams would eventually replace Skype for Business.
Existing users of Skype for Business can continue to utilize its software, and it is available for download, however, Microsoft itself recommends that potential users looking to work with Skype for Business, should purchase Microsoft Teams instead. Features of Skype for Business are being incorporated into Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Teams includes many features that Skype for Business does not. However, users of Skype for Business can still use it alongside Microsoft Teams.
Skype for Business’s key features remain, such as its support for PSTN conferencing, video and audio recording of calls, and screen and computer access tool. Its support of PSTN allows for its users to connect their conference calls using their phones. These same calls can support up to 250 users.
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