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Online Meeting Software Review
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Skype for Business
4 Stars
8.94
Good

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Skype for Business Review

Skype for Business is an online meeting software within the "Office 365" product suite. The software does offer all essential functionalities such as: screen sharing and app sharing, whiteboard, file transfer, chat, and video conferencing and audio conferencing. Prior to scheduling a web meeting the host is required to install an Outlook add-in or they can use a browser-based meeting scheduler, which is not linked to the local email client.

During our tests we encountered various difficulties so our testing team's patience was tested as well. The bottom line: Skype for Business is well suited for planned and unplanned conferences. Due to the complexity of the installation effort we feel that this online meeting software is more appropriate for mid-sized and large-scale enterprises and may particularly be useful for internal collaboration.

Platform Support

Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 10 Server, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later.

Pricing

Option 1: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses

Office 365 Business Essentials: $5.00 user/month annual commitment or $6.00 user/month monthly commitment

Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50 user/month annual commitment or $15.00 user/month monthly commitment

Option 2: for large businesses

Office 365 ProPlus: $12 user/month annual commitment

Office 365 Enterprise E3: $20 user/month annual commitment

Office 365 Enterprise E5: $35 user/month annual commitment

License options

Single and multi user license

Voice over IP and phone costs

VoIP integrated

Criterium Rating

Functionality

Grade {0} all essential features available

Usability

Grade {0} Usage is not always intuitive

Meeting Setup

Grade {0} ad-hoc meetings can easily be started via the interface and as an alternative meetings can be scheduled with an Outlook add-in

Software Installation

Grade {0} Installation procedure is complex and time consuming

Cost Transparency

Grade {0} Pricing and license options are publicly available; cost structure is complex and not easy to understand

Security

Grade {0} 256-bit AES encoding

Platform Support

Grade {0} Runs on Windows and Mac OS X. Mobile Device Support: iOS and Android
Overall Score 4 Stars 8.94 / 10

External resources

Third-party supplier

The following overview shows the third-party suppliers that feature Skype for Business as a component of their web conferencing services. We cannot take responsibility for the currency of featured product versions. The versions offered by third-party suppliers can differ from the versions featured in our ranking.

AvailabilityName
WorldwideGlobalMeetĀ® Audio by PGi
WorldwideMeetingZone

Review updated: Nov 2016
Price information updated: Nov 2016