Microsoft has been bettering its Skype offering from quite some time and after introducing group video feature Skype has now launched Skype Meetings. Aimed at smaller businesses, Skype Meeting is kind of a watered down version of the Skype for Business.
While the Skype for Businesses lets you host meeting with up to 250 participants the Skype Meeting lets you have a limited 10 participants. Yet another limitation is that the total number of participant allowed will be further reduced to 3 after a trial of 60 days. The Skype Meeting will also let participants collaborate with screen sharing options and most of the features are well integrated into Outlook and PowerPoint.
Setting up the Meeting seems to be easy and effortless as all one needs to do is add participants from their Outlook contacts and then invite them. Since Skype can be accessed across varied range devices the participants can join the meeting from wherever they are. It is evident that Microsoft wants to compete with the Google Hangout which is one of the highlights of Android Work offering.
The first question that pops up in my mind is that how different the Skype Meeting is from the Skype Business solutions, apparently Skype Meeting misses out on many features including real-time collaboration on Word and instead it sticks to the basics of facilitating smaller meetings with quintessential features like screen sharing. Microsoft is trying to separate out the individual features offered by the Office 365 Suite, by doing so they are allowing smaller Businesses choose the offerings a-la-carte instead of opting in for the whole Office solutions.
As of now, anyone residing in the US can sign up for the Skype Meetings and this also holds good for an organisation who don’t have Office 365. In a nutshell, Microsoft is untying its bundle of Office offering and trying to push each of the products as a separate freemium.