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Skype Isn’t The Answer For Business Video

on September 17, 2014

The popularity of free web based video tools like Skype, Google Hangouts and FaceTime have without question catapulted video communications into the main stream over the past several years. However, does the popularity and reasonable price tag warrant the consideration that companies and major media outlets are giving to these solutions?

The popularity of free web based video conferencing tools like Skype, Google Hangouts and FaceTime have without question catapulted video communications into the main stream over the past several years.

However, does the popularity and reasonable price tag warrant the consideration that companies and major media outlets are giving to these video conferencing solutions?

In a recent article from our friends at Lifesize, they call businesses to the carpet that are using the free platform for video. Essentially noting the low quality of video that these free telepresence services have. In their post they show an example of MSNBC using the video conferencing service when trying to do an interview on national television.

However, the quality isn’t the only issue. Other reasons that businesses should really be thinking twice about the use of Skype and other free video conferencing services is the privacy and data rights issues that come along with free service. More or less, any company using Skype is giving access to their information, including what is said on the call.

With so many professional telepresence services that offer better quality and privacy, it seems silly in this day and age for businesses to choose free even when the cost may be much greater. What do you think?

At HB Communication we seek to match our clients to the right mix of audio, video, conferencing and unified communications solutions that meet their business needs. Connect with us and let’s see how we can help your organization.