Before the end of 2019, people rarely knew about zoom, whereas Skype was one of the most widely used and well-known videos conferencing and meeting application. Fast forward to today, Zoom has taken the world by storm. Why? What happened to Skype with a whole decade of headstart? Today we will compare Zoom vs Skype and discuss why and how Zoom became the number one choice for video meeting and conferencing software for the masses, and which software you should choose.
Video quality is one of the, if not, the first factor what should be considered for comparing video meeting Softwares. Skype streams videos at 1.2MBPS, whereas Zoom streams at 3MBPS, means more video data is being sent by Zoom, suggesting the video quality of Zoom is much higher. However, Skype streams at 1080p by default but Zoom, on the other hand, comes at 720p by default and its 1080p quality is set behind paywalls.
Both Zoom and Skype have free versions, but most of the advanced features come with their paid packages. From the naked eye, Zoom seems to be the obvious, more expensive option. Skype comes as a package with Microsoft Teams and has very cheap packages (as low as $5 a month). However, Skype and Teams packages are charged as per user basis, meaning all the users of a conference has to pay to use Teams and Skype. But Zooms pricing system is different, instead of charging as per user, Zoom charges as per-host basis. Meaning Zoom only charges the host of the video conference, all the other users can use the Zoom paid features for free (as long as the host has a paid package). Hance why Zoom has become more and more appealing to organisations and corporations since it is cheaper to use in the long term.
Although both Skype and Zoom have very similar features, Zoom wins in terms of features. The reason being is that the features of Zoom are more integrated and bring a better workflow experience, compared to Skype. Zoom also has some extra functionalities such as the functionality to add participants by sharing the video conference meeting via links; such features are not available in Skype.
Despite both being very successful, Zoom has made more success in the past few months from as of today, compared to Skype’s success in the last half a decade. This can build down to the fact that Zoom was started in the USA via an American company, whereas Skype was originally an Estonian company. Being an American company, Zoom got the upper edge since, compared to a foreign company, it’s easier for an American company to spread the news and be successful in the US,
In conclusion, it’s up to the user to choose what they want to use, but Zoom is more reliable, cheaper, and featureful in the longterm. There are many things really good about Skype, but if Skype could bring more improvements, there would be no doubt about Skype being the king of video conferencing. But for now, the peoples choice is Zoom.