In recent years, the dynamics of business have changed a lot. The trend is that, increasingly, workers need a flexible and accessible environment from anywhere in the world. It is for this reason that videoconferencing and online teamwork are increasingly necessary. And, for this, you need good software (and hardware, although we already talked about it in the Hangouts meet post : what it is and what hardware it includes ) that allows you to communicate with your team quickly and easily. Google Hangouts and Skype can be good options, fully compatible with your devices (Chrome or not).
Do you want to know the differences between both applications? In this post we help you decide which one is best for you.
Differences between Hangouts and Skype for Business
1. App installation
One of the main differences between Hangouts and Skype for Business is the need to install the software on your Chrome device. In case of having a Chrome device, Hangouts is already included , so it is not necessary to install anything . On the other hand, many Android smartphones also have this application by default. On the other hand, Skype requires an installation on Chrome devices, although it does not require a lot of effort either since you can find it in the Chrome Web Store .
2. Synchronization with your calendar and multiple forms of access
On the other hand, it is important to note that with Google Hangouts you can access video calls in multiple ways. For one, you can sync your G Suite data and calendars . This allows you to create events in Google Calendar and send the invitations by Gmail. Thus, anyone who accepts your invitation can access them directly with a single click. In addition, if you have meeting devices , such as Hangouts Meet Hardware , you can also access them directly. Other forms of access are access codes of meetings, videoconferencing systems third , thedial the phone or the shortcut from the video call URL .
Instead, Skype for Business only allows you access from an event or email, direct dialing of a phone or URL.
3. Screen Sharing
Both options have the possibility of sharing the desktop or screen. This can be very useful during your meetings, since you can share and comment live on your presentations. However, from Hangouts it can be much easier and with a higher quality than with Skype for Business.
4. Recording of video calls and live broadcast
Google Hangouts (with the Enterprise plan) goes one step further and gives you the option to record your video calls. This can be very useful for your business if you want to record your presentations and then show them to your team members. You can also take advantage of using your video calls to record and store training material . If you want to know more about this possibility or how to do it, you can read this Google post .
Also, if you want to broadcast these video conferences and events live on YouTube, with Google Hangouts you can also do it. For more information on this process click here .
5. Usability of the app
If you are already a regular user of Google, you will know that one of its main objectives is to make day-to-day work easier . In this case, the Hangouts app has a better user experience and is much easier to use. Therefore, for a user who has never used it or is unfamiliar with video conferencing software, the process of adapting to it can be much faster.
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Hangouts vs Skype Which one do you choose?
As we have already said, both applications are fully compatible with any of your devices. However, if what you want is to have ease and comfort to access your video conferences, our recommendation is that you stick with Hangouts. If you are already a G Suite user, it will be more comfortable and useful to use Google Hangouts. If not, but you are thinking of using Hangouts, it will be good to read this post about G Suite plans.