Apps like Skype and Zoom makes it possible to do productive online meetings with you and other participants. Both apps streamline communication for business purposes and casual online conferences. No one would have thought that Skype and Zoom will become the most used app in this pandemic situation where a lot of people are working from home. Since we all are likely to work from home for some time, Let see how Skype and Zoom differ from each other and which is the better app for your needs.
What is Skype?
Skype is Microsoft’s communication application, which allows multiple users to interact with each other in real-time remotely. Initially, the Skype application was designed to make simple voice calls, and later its capabilities got evolved with Video Calls and Instant Messaging. Now Skype is compatible with many operating systems, like Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS, Android, Xbox, and Amazon Alexa Devices.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is entirely focused on Cloud-based video conferencing, and this app was created with extensive enterprise video communications in mind for large companies. Zoom app lets you host & record meetings. Collaborate in group chats. Zoom is compatible with operating systems, like Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS & Android.
Overview: Skype vs. Zoom
Getting started with Skype & Zoom is very easy, and after the call or text, you will notice that both the apps have more than just a video calling feature. Let’s take a quick look at Skype and Zoom;
Why should you use Skype?
In Skype, it is very easy to set up online meetings, on skype all you need to do is create a free meeting and then invite users or share the link and then start the call. As compare to Zoom, you will have to go through the entire sign-in process before joining any calls. Another reason why people are using Skype because they already have it on their phones or laptops. Whereas you need to install Zoom as it is a new app for many people. Many people have already used Skype for Job Interviews, Conference Calls, Calling another country & for recording podcasts. Skype became a standard for online meetings because the application was already available for Windows, Mac Os, iOS & Andriod.
The Skype meet feature lets you blur your background while on call, and it helps you in keeping privacy while on a video call. So that if anyone walks behind you while you are on a skype call, they will not get involved with your video call. But this feature is not involved with the web app. Skype also stores the recording of your meeting for up to 30days. If you don’t want to download skype software, you can simply use the web version of the skype app without any hassle. Whenever you want to have a meeting your closed ones like friends and family you should use Skype because it doesn’t have any time limit in the call as compared to Zoom which has a 40min time limit for any video call and if you want unlimited time then you need to get the Zoom pro version which is $15 per month and you can have a 24-hour meeting as a max limit.
Why should you use Zoom?
Zoom is impressive with its voice chat service. On the Zoom app, you can see 49 people at a single screen, which is sorted in the pair of 5×5 grids while on Skype, it shows a simple grid view. You can connect to 100 participants simultaneously on Zoom, which is twice as skype and doesn’t come with a premium version. The only paid feature on Skype is the international calling to landlines and mobile numbers from the skype app. People who want to do a 1 to 1 meeting will be delighted with the Zoom app as it doesn’t have any limit to those meetings. Skype has complete communication features like messaging room, where you can share photos, documents & other files. On Zoom, you can change your background and customize it as per your choice. Zoom also has its web app for users who cannot download the app, but it has limited features similar to Skype’s web app or Skype Meet Now.
Pricing of Skype & Zoom
Skype is a free app where you can do Skype-to-Skype communications. It includes chat, video calls, voice calls & voice calls over the internet. If you want to call from skype to any mobile phone or landline, then you will need to purchase the Skype credit, which is offered on a minute based like for $5, you will get 165 minutes, $10 – 330 minutes & $25 – 830 minutes. There is also a monthly subscription plan for some countries, and you can check more details on Skype’s websites https://www.skype.com/en/international-calls/.
Now talking about Zoom App, it also has a free plan, in which you will get the audio & video conferencing, and you can add up to 100 people. But there is a 40min time limit in the free plan, although you can rejoin or recreate the same meeting after 40min. But if you don’t want to miss out on any important conversation which might occur before the meeting getting disconnected, then you can go for a Pro, Business or Enterprise plans which is $15 to $20 per host/month and the paid plan remove the restriction of 40min time and you can also add 100, 200 or 500 participants in any large meeting.
Skype and Zoom both offer premium service, but their product is entirely different. Skype is already installed on many users’ laptops & mobile phones, and hence it used by many people. But Zoom gives ease of connecting video calls without having an app. If Zoom comes with any improved free to use plans, then it will definitely capture some good userbase in coming time.