Skype, a popular communications tool and part of the Microsoft family, now comes in two flavors: the consumer version we’ve come to know and love and Skype for Business, a feature rich alternative for those needing more out of the communications service. Skype in either variety offers the ability to communicate via text, voice and video over WiFi or a cellular data plan, with virtually any computing device, anywhere in the world with anyone in the world.
Skype or Skype for Business – which is right for you?
- Do you need to have more than 25 people on a video or voice call?
- Do you want access to your contacts with Office integration?
- Do you require high definition video?
- Do you require stronger encryption and security?
- Do you need to share your desktop?
- Do you need to record your meetings?
If you answered yes to these questions, Skype for Business is the best fit for your needs. Skype for Business, previously named Microsoft Lync, is being billed as a premium service (literally.) While the basic consumer version is free (when calling Skype to Skype but charges a fee when calling a landline or mobile number.) Skype for Business will cost you $2 – 5.50 per user, per month depending if you select plan 1 or 2. Previous users of Microsoft Lync will see the same full feature set with a Skype like interface but now with a global reach.
When Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion, the company’s largest acquisition ever, they had set their sights on the dominating the IP communications space. Even though they’ve been in the game for years, they lacked the ability to connect internet data traffic to traditional phone systems the way that Skype did. What we’re seeing here are the first real fruits of there labor in incorporating Skype into their existing communications products.
However, if you’re considering a change to or a new video conferencing system or an Unified Communications solution for your business there are may options at different price points with varying features. We can help simplify the process. Give us call for a professional assessment of your business’ needs.
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