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Skype for Business vs Google for Business

Skype for Business vs Google for Business

 

Skype for Business

Skype for Business formerly known as Lync is a widely used software for internal and external communication. Microsoft bought the already developed platform and made it even better with its expertise. Millions of users use Skype every day to talk to their loved ones, friends, family and colleagues. Not long ago, businesses started using Skype to connect with out of city or overseas employees and even conduct cross border interviews for jobs.

Cisco is already leading the market but Microsoft saw the opportunity to utilize its resources and already developed platform to enter the competition. Microsoft Lync was part of Office 2010 but now it has been integrated with Skype to create one unified platform for businesses. Skype for Business includes all the features that the consumer version has with some extras.

Skype for Business adds extra security to protect corporations’ interests and data. The biggest advantage for users is integration with Microsoft Office. Since both softwares are owned and developed by Microsoft, Skype for Business offers easy integration with Office. Users can connect to any coworker from within the Office application with just one click.

It allows up to 250 users depending on the package. Large corporations usually purchase Server 2015 through certified partners while new startups or medium enterprises opt for the other two pricing plans available. Skype for Business delivers a more natural, intuitive and intelligent communication experience for professionals. It not only simplifies the user experience but also increases engagement and saves costs for the organization.

Since Skype for Business is one of the most cost effective solution for small and medium enterprises, Google is also stepping in to the competition. Google has a vast range of services and all it needs to do is bring everything together and make one suite for businesses.

Google for Business

Google for Business is geared towards getting your business online. Since Google is the most popular search engine, every business wants to appear on it. Previously it was not so straight forward but now the company has made a specific area for companies to register as businesses enjoy free coverage worldwide.

Google for Business Features

Show up on the web

Get on the map

Stand out on Google+

Share the right info about your business

Be found across devices

Bring your Google+ page to life

Respond to customer feedback

Connect face-to-face with Hangouts

All connected in one place

Check-in on the go with the Google My Business app

Insights on your customers

 

As you can see in the list above, all of these features are web based and gives your business an opportunity to make an online presence. But at the same time Google is developing its business suite to counter Skype for Business. Google Hangouts is a very popular video conferencing client as well and it is being used by millions of users.

Skype for Business has strategic partners that make video conferencing hardware compatible with the software. Although there are no on paper system requirements and anyone with a camera and a microphone can use Skype for Business but in meeting spaces a dedicated VTC hardware is required. Skype for Business is also being used in live television broadcast which requires specialized broadcast equipment and Skype for Business suite.

On the other hand, Google recently launched Chromebox for Meetings. It is a direct competitor to Skype for Business systems but with ChromeOS and Google Business suite. Chromebox for meetings start at a reasonable price of $999 and includes Google Business software. Skype for Business systems cost as low as $2000 and go all the way to $20,000 and Skype for Business Server 2015 costs much more compared to other two plans.

Google also has its own productivity suite which includes Google Docs, Google Sheets, Drive, YouTube for Live Streaming, Google+ and so on. Users can create or edit any document in Google Docs just like MS Word. Microsoft Office does have advanced features but on the web both of them are more or less the same. Microsoft has OneDrive and Google has Drive, Skype for Business and Google Hangouts etc. Both companies are neck to neck when it comes to features.

Skype for Business does have an edge over Google for Business when it comes VoIP calling, more control for the admin, Microsoft Azure platform, Surface Hub etc. Google for Business is much more cost effective and delivers the same VTC quality as Skype for Business.

Skype for Business

Google for Business

Office Integration

Google Doc Integration

File Sharing

File Sharing

Cloud Storage OneDrive

Cloud Storage Google Drive

Skype Room Systems

Chromebox for Meetings

VoIP Calls (Requires Server 2015)

No VoIP Calls

Expensive for Large business

Standard cost of $999 – No monthly costs

Skype for broadcast

Does not support live broadcasting

Little or no online presence

Google My Business – complete online presence

 

Above is a small comparison between both business suites and each of them has an advantage over the other. Both are protected by advanced encryptions and authentications so security wise they are on par. Skype for Business is specifically designed for office meeting space and it can be integrated to the whole the network while Google for Business is mostly web-based and does not support VoIP calls yet. It comes down to user preference and affordability. Chromebox are very cost effective but still require some improvements before they can take over Skype Room systems. 

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