According to GLOBAL MARKET INSIGHT, video conferencing is expected to become a whooping 20 million dollars industry by the year 2024. And due to the corona virus pandemic, a lot of individuals and firms have come to realize and take serious the use of video conferencing instead of having a physical conference.
As at today, there are two major players when it comes to video conferencing and they are SKYPE AND ZOOM.
SKYPE VS ZOOM
So today, we shall be taking an in depth look into the two video conferencing giant to examine which is best for your business, without wasting anymore time, let us get started
Skype seems to be less expensive than zoom probably due to the brand name it has built over the years as zoom cost about $19.99 per month for a business plan while skype cost around $12.50 per month.
Both skype and windows support the major mobile operating systems such as
- Mac devices
- Web based.
However, skype as at the time of taking this report does not supported linux based device completely.
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Skype tend to have an upper hand against zoom in this context as zoom can only support up to a hundred participants while skype can allow up to two hundred and fifty participants.
The features of the respective softwares are as follows
Actually skype is a VolP service that allows people who have the software or mobile application to video call each other or even have an online video conference for free over the internet.
It has being around for some time now and is widely deployed by television stations, the Government as well as private organisations for reaching out to one another and also carrying out meeting or classes online.
Skype also provides a variety of added features and functionality such as:
MEET NOW : This is mostly used for Government and organization for quick and mostly unscheduled meetings. It allows you to create a room online and afterwards share the invite link to those you want to be part of the meeting.
SKYPE INTEGRATES WITH ALEXA : Any amazon device that has the alexa function inbuilt can be used with Skype easily as they are integrated.
SKYPE TRANSLATE : This is an amazing feature as it allows you do business with someone speak another language. The skype translate feature translates the speakers language to the receiver’s language just in case they do not speak or understand the same language.
END TO END ENCRYPTION : You can call your family and friends through an extremely secure platform without external interception.
LIVE SUBTITLE : Skype also has the ability of placing subtitles during the call just in case the receiver has hearing problems.
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Zoom is current the trending video conferencing software but it is specifically built for organisations such as schools and offices to hold virtual meeting conveniently, Zoom allows you to schedule a meeting and also share access to only those you want to be in the meeting.
With all the modern features and coming into the market in the right time (during the corona virus crisis which led to the whole world being in lockdown), zoom is set to take over the video-sphere.
ZOOM VS SKYPE
Although Skype tend to be more complicated and useful than zoom, zoom tends to be more suitable for lectures rather than meetings, if you have a school or church virtual meeting, Zoom will do the work perfectly.
However, if you are a government agency and what you need is to host a virtual meeting, Zoom cannot provide as much value as Skype would provide. So Skype wins in this context.