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Top Alternatives to Skype for Business in 2020

By Team CounterPath
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Today we’re discussing Skype for Business and its top alternatives in 2020. Video conferencing and virtual meetings have become the new norm this year. With Skype being such a familiar tool, transitioning to Skype for Business is easy.

It still has its core functionalities, plus extra tools needed for proper remote setup. You can access your contacts easily, record meetings, share documents and video or voice call 200 people at the same time. The integration with Outlook, Outlook Calendar and Microsoft Teams is the best part for businesses that are already using those tools.


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Microsoft Skype for Business is priced affordably at $2 per user per month, or $5 per user per month, depending on whether you need additional features.


Skype for Business does not seem to have enterprise VoIP features like call hunt, call groups, or an auto-attendant—unless you set up Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2015. Most small businesses would still like Microsoft Skype for Business as a conferencing tool to set up video and audio meetings, share screens, and collaborate directly.

With that in mind, we’ve considered a list of alternatives, and focused on applications that have both desktop and mobile support. Try testing a few of these out to see if the features and functionality are the right fit for your team.

 

1. Bria Teams as a Skype for Business alternative

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Bria Teams is a powerful collaboration tool that provides a unified communication platform for your team across desktop and mobile devices. The powerful tools in Bria softphones make it easy to discover and connect with team members, using a variety of features in a contact-centric interface. All Skype for Business’s core features are also included in Bria Teams: messaging, presence, HD voice and video calling, PBX integration, as well as screen sharing and file sharing. Team voice and video capability enables you can communicate instantly with team members without having to set up a call server or VoIP service. If you’re looking for a highly secure way to connect your team and digitally transform your communications, download Bria Teams and get your team talking within minutes!

Pricing: $3.95 per user/month

Desktop app: Windows, Mac

Mobile app: iOS, Android

 

2. Google Hangouts as our second Skype for Business alternative

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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/176572/Google-Hangouts/

Google Hangouts is a common tool for video chat and messaging. It’s an easier alternative to Join.Me to connect with new clients and team members. It’s great to start up a quick video conversation, share your screen or take notes in a Google Doc on the side. It has integrations with HipChat, UberConference and ZenDesk among other Google Apps. Mobile apps work well and offer the majority of the functionality of the desktop versions.

Pricing: $5 per user/month

Mobile app: iOS/Android


3. Zoom
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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/144037/Zoom-Video-Conferencing/

Zoom is a popular option for high-quality video and audio over its cloud servers. It’s versatile and supports up to 1000 interactive video participants and can offer up to 10,000 view-only users. It’s available on various devices and locations. Zoom connects easily across desktops and mobile devices, and its video conferencing is stable and reliable during long video calls. The free version allows up to 30 minutes per conference.

Pricing: Free trial, premium; pro starts at $20 per month/host and enterprise goes up to $27 per month/host

Mobile app: iOS/Android

 


4. Workplace by Facebook as our final Skype for Business Alternative

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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/168669/Workplace/ 


Facebook has put a lot of time and attention toward creating a suite of tools especially for team collaboration. The familiar interface of Facebook allows you to create groups and host live chats with your team, inviting others who are also on Facebook. If your partners, collaborators and clients are all on Facebook, then connecting for a quick conversation is easy. The mobile and web interfaces have the responsiveness and elegance that you are familiar with on the personal version of Facebook.


Pricing: Free trial, premium; $3 per user/month

Mobile app: iOS/Android


As you can see, there are many alternatives to Skype for Business that could work for your business. We hope one of these tools will help you on your way to improving team productivity! 

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CounterPath Corporation is a leading provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions. The company's product suite includes SIP-based softphones, server based user experience management and UC solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to cost-effectively integrate voice, video, presence, Instant Messaging (IM) and collaboration applications into their VoIP offerings and extend functionality across both fixed and mobile networks.

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