Working from home can be challenging and blissful, depending on the nature of your business. People use video calling tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Google Duo, etc. to create digital meetings and conference rooms and discuss potential ideas. These services allow for group video calls, and some other features that allow you to have a close to the office environment. With Zoom’s skyrocketing popularity, I bet you’ve wondered if it’s better than Skype.
Among the mentioned services, both Skype and Zoom provide functions that are suitable for professional use. Skype has been around for more than 15 years, while Zoom has been gaining traction in the enterprise space. Both companies reported massive growth during the COVID-19 lockdown around key regions.
Skype and Zoom are fundamentally different, however the horns are locked in key areas such as video calls, chats, and conference calls. In this post, we are going to compare each of the services based on many factors such as availability across platforms, user interface, video calling features, ease of use, price, chat and more. Let’s get started.
Cross platform availability
Skype can be accessed everywhere. The service is available on iOS, Android, Windows 10, Mac, Linux, web, Xbox, and Microsoft Outlook web.
Zoom is not behind either. One can use the app on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and an extension on Chromium based browsers and Firefox browser. You can also use it as an add-on for Microsoft Outlook.
Note: The comparison below focuses on the desktop clients Zoom and Skype because most people will only use them on the big screen.
At first glance, you can see the basic difference between the two services. Skype features a more chat design. While Zoom motivates users to create or join meetings and keep track of upcoming events.
Skype uses the usual messaging interface where the threads are on the left, and the conversation is on the right. To create group calls, you can either create a Meet Now group or create a group from the chat screen.
Zoom uses the usual boxed user interface icon where you can create or join meetings and switch between chat, meetings, and contacts from the home screen. It is simple and will not confuse new users while navigating the program.
Create and join video calls
One of the reasons for Zoom’s growing popularity is its ease of use. The Program does not authorize participants to create an account. One can just copy the shared meeting ID, open it in a web browser, and join the conversation.
However, there is an inherent problem with this method. Anyone with a meeting ID can join the conversation and add the nuisance. This is what led to Zoombombing, and the company quickly added security and privacy measures to combat it.
To prevent this from happening, add a meeting password from the Create a meeting list. Apart from that, you can add meeting time and date, choose from multiple calendars, and enable advanced options like meeting recording.
Skype used to be a complicated solution for inexperienced users. One needs to sign up for a Microsoft account before joining group calls. The company recently introduced Meet Now, which allows you to create hassle-free meetings directly from the web and without creating an account or downloading software.
Hit the Meet Now button and give the meeting a relevant name. Add people to the group or share the invite link with others. Anyone can join the meeting through the invite link only, no need to create an account. You can also schedule a call in the meeting group.
Alternatively, you can create groups with users and start a video call or voice call by clicking on the call icon at the top.
Video calling features
Let’s talk about Skype first. With Skype, you can create group video calls with up to fifty people for free. The service also offers group screen sharing which makes the conversation better than ever.
With Skype, you can darken the background to hide this messy room. Skype Translator is an excellent job. The built-in voice translator can convert live conversations in ten languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Italian and more.
Zoom here. The free plan allows you to communicate with up to one hundred participants. Paid plans carry the number to a thousand users. Zoom also supports screen sharing, which is always useful for moderators to explain certain aspects of conversations.
Attendees can use the built-in screen recording to view meeting details. Zoom moves forward by removing the background. You can change the default background of the video to any inline image or choose one from the gallery. It adds a distinctive touch and the execution is better than just blurring the background.
Skype integrates other related Microsoft services such as OneDrive and Office applications. As for security, the company uses industry-standard end-to-end encryption to keep conversations secure.
I love the poll function. You can quickly create and post polls to the group to collect everyone’s opinions. It’s not as powerful as dedicated survey apps, but it gets the job done.
Zoom recently admitted to directing user data to servers in China. The company announced a suspension of development of new features and pledged to focus on tightening the security grip on the service.
As for the features, it provides a waiting room function, which allows you to keep employees on the waiting line. They are useful while handling interviews. Zoom supports hundreds of app integrations, including some popular names like Slack, Microsoft Teams, Gmail, Google Drive, Zapier, and more.
Skype is mostly free. You only have to pay when you try to call numbers other than Skype or landline numbers using the service. With an Office 365 subscription, you get 60 minutes of free Skype Credits for using the job.
Zoom offers a variety of packages. The basic plan is free and allows you to create a meeting with up to one hundred participants for 40 minutes. Professional plans start at $15 per month per host.
Create digital meetings on the go
As you can see from the comparison above, both Zoom and Skype are excellent services for creating digital meetings. Skype is popular and has powerful chatting function and enough video calling functions. Zoom is innovative with many features such as virtual backgrounds, ease of use, and screen recording.