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Meet 3 Worldclass Video Conference Alternatives to Skype

Skype is perhaps the most well known video conference tool, used by both businesses and personal video or voice calls. Launched in 2003, Skype is also one of the oldest products in its niche, being used by millions of people, daily. Skype was created by a tech team from Denmark and Sweden, and was first bought by eBay in 2005 and by Microsoft in 2011. You can easily understand why, after the Microsoft acquisition, the latest updates were accommodating Skype to the portfolio products, sometimes ignoring Mac or Linux users. In the last period, Skype lost some field, especially when it comes to business video conferences, because of new, more agile and free products, integrated with other collaborative tools, and designed for video communication for remote teams.

3 Skype alternatives, for business video conferences

Here are some of the most well known alternatives, when you don’t want to pay a Skype pro account, but want to benefit from the best video conferences with your colleagues or business partners. If you’re organizing such a video conference, you absolutely need to make sure that your colleagues have working webcams and microphones.

AnyMeeting

AnyMeeting is pretty simple to use and has some similar features with Skype for business (screen share, VoIP, conference recording or voice conference), only it’s free. A free version AnyMeeting video conference can accommodate up to 6 participants, it’s web based (so the users won’t have to install anything on their computer) and the conference host needs only to install a small plug-in, that offers the possibility of screen sharing. In short, every video conference participant will receive on e-mail a unique access link and is able to join the conference from their smarphone. The only inconvenient in AnyMeeting is that it’s not ad free. Also, its interface might be a bit dull in terms of design.

Join.me

Another cool product that has nice, free, video conference features is Join.me. For the free option, you can organize a video conference that allows 10 participants and 5 video feeds, with cool features such as screen sharing, documents transfer and you can also use a mobile app to join the video conference.

Mikogo

Mikogo’s are pretty advanced, but the free version is limited to 2 participants (a host and a simple user, that can easily change the screen sharing role between them). You can access the call from the mobile app, you can transfer documents and organize video or voice calls. Mikogo could be useful if you’re into international, one-on-one sales or if, in general, you’re used to video conferencing one on one (for example, a report meeting for your regional manager).

These are only three options that can successfully replace Skype, depending on your business needs. If you want more options to test, you can make a short research, best associated with a detailed analysis on the actual features available in the free versions. A detail that you should take into account is the actual product interface – a new video conference tool will be faster adopted by all of the members in your team if its interface is intuitively designed and it’s simple to use.

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posted by Ioana on 2017-06-05 12:12:26

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