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Alternatives to Skype for Business

Video conferencing tools to keep your remote team connected.

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Skype for Business is a reliable, powerful communications tool — but you have to purchase the entire Microsoft Teams package to use it. Whether you're looking for a standalone platform or just need something cheaper, browse these alternatives to find a video conferencing platform that checks all your boxes.

13 alternatives to Skype

Compare costs and weigh the pros and cons before making your choice.

GoToMeeting

Even though it's part of the larger GoTo enterprise, you can choose to purchase it as a standalone video conferencing tool — plus, it's cost-effective compared to the competition.

  • Pricing: From AUD$20 monthly per host
  • Free trial: None

Google Hangouts

Like Teams, Google Hangouts is best for companies that can take advantage of the full product suite, such as Drive, Docs and Gmail.

  • Pricing: Free for meetings with up to 10 video chatters. Otherwise, it starts at AUD$8.40 monthly per user
  • Free trial: 14 days

ClickMeeting

The intuitive interface can be accessed on any updated browser, and it doesn't require any training for users to get started.

  • Pricing: From US$30 monthly
  • Free trial: 7 days

U Meeting

U Meeting's clean, uncluttered interface feels similar to Skype's, and it can be a good choice for businesses in need of an easy-to-use platform.

  • Pricing: Free tier with a 30 minute time limit. Pro 50 plans from AUD$39.99 monthly per host.
  • Free trial: None

Cisco Webex

Good to know: Cisco Webex updated its free version in response to the coronavirus pandemic to offer meetings for up to 100 participants a meeting, with unlimited time.

Has a strong reputation for helping large enterprises communicate securely, and offers a free version for new businesses.

  • Pricing: Free for up to 50 participants per meeting. Paid plans start at AUD$18.95 monthly per host
  • Free trial: None

Zoom

This popular platform has solutions for education, government, financial services and healthcare. It can also integrate with hundreds of external apps.

  • Pricing: Free for up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. Paid plans start at AUD$20.99.
  • Free trial: No
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Adobe Connect

Creative and marketing teams will find the multimedia interface useful while teachers and educators can take advantage of the complex webinar tools.

  • Pricing: From US$50 monthly for up to 9 hosts
  • Free trial: 30 days
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BlueJeans

This cloud-based software is complete with HD video and Dolby Voice audio to host livestream and interactive events, or simply meet with clients or teams. Plus, it only takes one click to join a meeting.

  • Pricing: From AUD$16.14 monthly per host
  • Free trial: None
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EzTalks

Businesses in need of hardware or software can take advantage of its conference room solutions, in addition to its reliable cloud-based communication platform.

  • Pricing: From US$10 monthly per host
  • Free trial: None
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Fuze

Similar to Microsoft Teams, Fuze offers a comprehensive solution for large enterprises in need of a unified communications hub, complete with global call-in numbers, messaging and HD video conferencing.

  • Pricing: From US$15 monthly per user
  • Free trial: No
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GlobalMeet Collaboration

24/7 in-meeting support sets this provider apart, along with its simple user interface and tailored solutions for HR, educators, marketing companies and more.

  • Pricing: From AUD$18 monthly per user
  • Free trial: 15 days
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Join.me

The simple user experience could be a good fit for companies that host lots of client-facing meetings. Joining a meeting only takes a couple of clicks.

  • Pricing: From AUD$25 per user monthly for a video conferencing membership
  • Free trial: 14 days
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Zoho Meeting

Hosts of these browser-based meetings can remove intruders, mute participants and enable notifications to signal new attendees signing in.

  • Pricing: From AUD$15.40 monthly per host
  • Free trial: 14 days

Compare collaboration software

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Starting price Features App integration Tech support
Zoom
Free
Video
Yes
Phone, Email, Live chat
Powerful collaboration tools to host virtual meetings or provide education services
Slack
Free
Direct messaging, Public chat channels, Video, Project management
Yes
Email
Helps streamline communications across company teams and projects
Monday.com
Monday.com
$39/month
Direct messaging, Project management, Calendar
Yes
Phone, Email
Connect to run projects and workflows with confidence
Jira
Free
Project management, Calendar
Yes
Email
Plan, track, release and report your workflow
Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams
Free
Direct messaging, Public chat channels, Video
Yes
Phone, Email
Invite everyone you work with to chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place
Asana
Free
Project management, Calendar
Yes
Email, Live chat
Helps you organize projects by task, milestone, assignee and deadline
Trello
Free
Project management, Calendar
Yes
Email
Collaborate on projects from beginning to end
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Bottom line

These alternatives to Skype all have strong industry reputations for providing reliable, secure meeting spaces according to the Better Business Bureau, Trustpilot and business forums around the web. But if you're looking for something a little different, compare other business software tools.

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