Which is better for video conferencing and home office, ZOOM or Skype?

Let’s check step by step in two video conferencing services

New times- new business rules: exhibitions go online, many works like a home office, new requests for communication with employees or business partners for various communication services appear. As practice shows, the most popular and meeting all the requirements are Zoom and Skype. The question naturally arises: which service is the best? Let's try to compare!

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Skype: advantages and disadvantages

Skype is so firmly established in the daily workflow that many companies do not seem to work without it. Millions of users around the world use the app for personal communication as well. On Skype, you can call, write, send documents, communicate by videoconference. The application is convenient, free and suitable for corporate work of any company size.

The service allows its customers to make voice calls, make video conferencing and chat over the Internet.

It is worth noting that Skype gained popularity also with the help of its additional features:

  • Instant messaging;
  •  Transfer of documents;
  •  Video calls;
  •  Skype for Skype calls;
  • Calls to mobile and landline phones;
  • Group video calls (premium features);
  •  Sending texts (SMS);
  •  Voice messages;
  • Demonstration of user screens

It should be noted that Skype occupies a leading position in the ranking of instant messengers in many countries of the world, which confirms its mobility and efficiency. The application also has a number of paid functions, for example, to call the phone directly from the application, however, Skype lacks a number of features that are necessary, for example, when working remotely. First of all, the lack of analytics and the ability to keep statistics on calls and contacts. There is no possibility of showing presentations and the "Whiteboard" mode, which allows you to draw and visualize information directly during a video conference.

Zoom: advantages and disadvantages

Now let's talk in detail about the rapidly gaining popularity of the ZOOM service. First of all, it should be noted that the success came to the service due to the ease of use for video conferencing and the lack of unnecessary functions. If Skype positions itself as a messenger, then Zoom is an application only for applied tasks for communication of employees at a distance.

What is it good for? These are, first of all:

  • Demonstration of user screens;
  • Conducting joint webinars;
  • Work with Google Disk and Dropbox;
  • Virtual rooms for collaboration;
  • Sharing the screen from a smartphone;
  • Group chats to exchange messages, photos and audio;
  • Invitations by phone, mail or company contacts;

The advantages of Zoom include the possibility of simple analytics and statistics, the ability to work with presentations during calls, and the presence of a "whiteboard" mode. With Zoom, you can schedule appointments and share the same screen, making it indispensable in today's environment. Zoom does not position itself as a messenger, so it does not have text communication functions familiar to users of Skype and other similar services: group chats, emoticons, bots, the ability to call landline phones, etc.

So who's the best?

Should I choose Skype or Zoom? Depending on the tasks that you face at the moment, we advise you to combine the use of these two services. Do not focus on just one service, use both effectively. For example, Skype for one-to-one communication with clients and partners, and Zoom - for large online conferences and webinars.This will be the most effective solution in using all the strengths of these two services.

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