Skype. You've heard the name before.
In fact, your kids and other family members probably already use it to video conference with friends and relatives across town or on the other side of the world. But Skype for business use? That sounds a little far-fetched . . .
Actually, the idea of using Skype as a business web conferencing platform isn't far-fetched at all. Many companies eschew big name conferencing providers like GoToMeeting and WebEx, and use Skype for their business videoconferencing needs. Skype is cheap, dependable and familiar to many computer users. What more could you ask for in video conferencing software.
Skype isn't necessarily a one-size-fits-all solution for web conferencing. The big name providers offer certain features that just aren't available through Skype's platform. But for many conferencing scenarios, Skype video conferencing software could be just the ticket. Here's what you need to know about using Skype in your business.
- Convenience. Many computer users are already familiar with the Skype videoconferencing environment. By using Skype in your business, you can reduce the stress and strain that comes with bringing technological novices up to speed with a new conferencing platform.
- Business applications. Skype is very aware of the fact that more and more small businesses are using their service for business-related web conferencing. As a result, they have created features and benefits that appeal to business users.
- Cost efficiency. Skype is an extremely cost-efficient way to perform videoconferencing. Skype to Skype video and voice calls are free, regardless of where the parties are located.
- Skype Manager. Skype gives business managers an added layer of supervisory control with a Skype Manager feature. Managers can create employee accounts, allocate Skype credit, assign features and perform other tasks that assure companywide Skype management.
- Group video calling. In response to the needs of its users, Skype has added a group video calling feature for conferences of up to five participants. Although this doesn't compare to the meeting capacity of other business web conferencing providers, it meets most requirements and is a bargain when you consider the cost savings.
- Skype Connect. As an additional feature for businesses, Skype Connect creates the possibility of integrating Skype with your PBX phone system. This allows users to make Skype calls directly from desk phones.