Skype for Business is a bit overrated
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September 15, 2019

Skype for Business is a bit overrated

Score 4 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Skype for Business (formerly Lync)

We use it to have meetings with people outside of our company via phone, screen-share and video. The goal is to make it feel like everyone is in the same room and be able to work remotely from one another with much more ease than if we did not have it.
  • 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.
  • From a negative standpoint, we have people all the time complain about having to download the software.
  • From a positive standpoint, we can see all the meetings among our team with ease in one calendar.
  • It makes booking with our internal team members much easier.
Skype is a solid product, but in comparison to the other tools on the market (mainly the 3 we have used being UberConference, Zoom, and Join.e), it is significantly overpriced. The power of Skype for Business is extreme, however, they are all great at this point and it has no specific qualities (other than calendar integration) that the others do not also provide.
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.

Do you think Skype for Business (formerly Lync) delivers good value for the price?

No

Are you happy with Skype for Business (formerly Lync)'s feature set?

Yes

Did Skype for Business (formerly Lync) live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Skype for Business (formerly Lync) go as expected?

No

Would you buy Skype for Business (formerly Lync) again?

No

If you have meetings that need to bring a lot of people into a conversation via phone or video, it would make sense to use Skype for Business. If you are already a Microsoft user for your email/calendar, the integrations with the calendar are extremely helpful, as every meeting has a default way for people to connect.

Skype for Business Feature Ratings

High quality audio
10
High quality video
10
Low bandwidth requirements
10
Mobile support
10
Desktop sharing
10
Whiteboards
3
Calendar integration
10
Meeting initiation
4
Record meetings / events
9
Slideshows
7
Live chat
10
User authentication
7
Participant roles & permissions
9
Confidential attendee list
9