Microsoft Teams vs. Skype: Which One Is Better?

Teams and Skype are both products of Microsoft Corporation. Although they are from the same company, their focus is entirely different. Teams mainly caters large enterprises while Skype caters to individuals and small businesses. They are similar in a way that they are both used as video conferencing tools. However, the similarities end there. Each has its own unique features to benefit its target users.

Microsoft Teams will soon take over Skype’s place as Microsoft’s video conferencing platform. Here is a short article discussing the differences between Skype and Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams vs. Skype

1. Skype

Skype is a free video conferencing tool that is accessible to everyone. It offers paid plans for long distance calls that is cheaper than a regular landline.

It mainly targets individuals and small businesses (up to 50 meeting participants).

Notable features:

  1. Skype can translate your voice calls to nine different languages; and translate chats to 60 different languages – both in real time. Video call real-time translation supports (English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian)
  2. Meet Now – Very useful in talking to people who are not Skype users because it lets non-Skype account users to join a chat or video conference. All they need is a link to join the call. Meet Now also makes other Skype features like chat, screen sharing, meeting recording, and background blurring accessible to all.
  3. Live Subtitles – Skype generates real-time, on-screen subtitles. Live subtitles support eleven (11) languages which include Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English (UK), English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Price:

Skype is free for Skype-to-Skype calls, but charges a small amount if you want to use its features such as voicemail, text messaging, and calls to people outside of Skype.

Skype charges vary depending on the location (country) of the other person that you are calling.

Here’s the thing, though. Microsoft will be phasing Skype out on July 31, 2021; and it will be fully replaced by Microsoft Teams. This means that it will no longer be accessible. So, if you’re currently using Skype, or planning to use Skype, you have been informed.

2. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the leading video conferencing and digital workspace integration software today. It is a highly reliable tool for collaboration and is fully integrated with Office 365. This integration makes it an all-in-one option for large enterprises using Office 365 as their main productivity software.

Notable Features:

  1. Packed with powerful features such as screen sharing, call recording, live subtitles, background blur, and messaging.
  2. Teams can handle large video conferences of up to 10,000 participants, and seamlessly integrate all its features at the same time.
  3. Since it is fully integrated with Microsoft 365, large enterprises can easily schedule conferences, and send invites to guests who can join using a browser without having to install the software into their PC.
  4. Microsoft Teams is incredibly easy to use.

Price:

Microsoft Teams can be useful for both small and large enterprises. Here’s how much a Microsoft 365 subscription costs*:

  1. Basic Microsoft 365 Business – $2.50 per user/month (billed annually)
  2. Standard Microsoft 365 Business – $10.00 per user/month (billed annually)
  3. Premium Microsoft 365 Business – $20.00 per user/month (billed annually)

*-prices may be subject to change.

(Read: Microsoft 365: The Only Business Subscription You Need; Microsoft 365 Online: Use Microsoft 365 in the Browser)

A little reminder before downloading Teams:

You cannot maximize the full features of Microsoft Teams if you are not subscribed to an Office 365 plan. The reason is that Microsoft Teams is not offering its full version as a standalone product. It comes bundled with Microsoft 365 Suite.

Nevertheless, you can still use Teams even if you are not part of an organization or you don’t have an Office 365 subscription, albeit with limited functionality.

Which is better, Microsoft Teams or Skype?

Undeniably, Microsoft Teams has the advantage in this comparison. Also, the question of which one is better will soon be rendered moot as Skype will be phased out on July 31, 2021. Because of this, Microsoft urges Skype users to start using Teams.

For FAQs regarding this transition, read this article.

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