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Web and Video Conferencing Comparison Chart

Chart comparing Zoom and Skype for Business/Lync features and recommended uses.


Cornell's WebEx service was retired on June 30, 2017. Zoom is Cornell's new web and video conferencing service.

Learn more about Zoom and about transitioning from WebEx to Zoom.

Cornell users can still participate in WebEx meetings set up by other people and organizations.

Zoom Skype for Business Windows Skype for Business Mac Standards-Based Video Conferencing
Use Cases
Casual, on-the-fly Instant Messaging (IM) Yes Yes Yes No
Casual, on-the-fly audio chat No Yes Yes No
Casual, on-the-fly video chat No Yes Yes No
Spur-of-the-moment informal meetings Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scheduled meetings Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recurring scheduled meetings Yes Yes Yes Yes
Staff meetings Yes Yes (i) Yes (i) Yes (i)
Group discussions Yes Yes (i) Yes (i) Yes (i)
Brainstorming sessions Yes Yes (i) Yes (i) Yes (i)
Small presentations (especially with discussion) Yes Yes (i) Yes (i) Yes (i)
Meetings where all participants might need to speak Yes Yes (i) Yes (i) Yes (i)
Any meeting or discussion where one or more participant needs (or prefers) to attend by phone Yes No No Yes (i)
Webinars Yes No No No
Webinars or events requiring registration Yes No No No
Lecture-style training or teaching sessions Yes No No No
Teaching sessions Yes No No No
Training or teaching with in-session labs Yes No No No
Training or teaching with in-session quizzes, exercises, or tests Yes No No No
Training or teaching with break-out sessions Yes No No No
Training or teaching with hands-on demonstrations Yes No No No
Events or training requiring attendance reports Yes No No No
Events or training requiring attention monitoring and reporting No No No No
Out-of-Session Features (i)
Presence Yes Yes Yes (i) No
Instant Messaging (IM) Yes Yes Yes No
Audio chat (i) No Yes Yes No
Video chat (i) No Yes Yes Yes
Persistent client Yes Yes Yes No
Personal photos Yes Yes Yes No
Conversation history Yes Yes Yes No
Contacts
Cornell directory integration No Yes Yes No
Status change (availability) alerts No Yes Yes No
Groups Yes Yes Yes No
Relationship settings / permissions No Yes No No
Drag-and-drop organization No Yes No No
OS Support
Windows Yes Yes No No
MacOS Yes No Yes No
Linux Yes No No
Mobile: iPhone Yes Yes No
Mobile: iPad Yes Yes No
Mobile: Android Yes Yes No
Federation & Application Integration
Outlook & Calendar integration Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Office No No No No
Browser Yes No No No
Outlook on the Web No Yes Yes No
External federation No Yes (i) Yes (i) No
Chat/IM saved to Outlook No Yes No No
Webconferencing (Meetings / Sessions)
One-click webconferencing / meetings Yes Yes Yes No
Webconferencing / meetings Yes Yes Yes No
Maximum participants

300 for meetings
1000 for webinars

250 250 Dependent on hardware
Non-Cornell participants Yes Yes Yes Yes
Student hosts (scheduling & starting webconferences) Yes Yes Yes No
Integrated meeting telephony Yes No No No
In-meeting chat Yes Yes Yes No
Chat/IM formatting No Yes No No
Emoticons Few in chat, none in meetings Many Many None
Q&A Yes Yes No No
Polling Yes Yes Yes No
HD video No Yes Yes
1080 HD video No Yes Yes Yes
Password-restricted access Yes No No Yes (i)
Control participant permissions Yes Yes No Yes (i)
Breakout sessions Yes No No No
Attendee attention indicator No No No No
Participant registration Yes No No No
Session reports Yes No No No
Recurring sessions Yes Yes Yes No
Programs (event grouping & site pages) No No No No
Post-session survey Yes No No No
Tests (exams) Yes No No No
Publicly-listed sessions (by default) No No No No
Content Sharing & Collaboration
Application sharing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop sharing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Whiteboard sharing Yes Yes Yes No
Remote desktop control Yes Yes Yes No
PowerPoint presentations that include embedded audio or video Yes Yes Yes Yes
Annotation Yes Yes Yes No
Recording
Recording (local computer) Yes Yes Yes No
Recording (server-based) Yes No No Yes
Record integrated telephony Yes No No Yes (i)
Record external teleconference No No No Yes (i)
Standards-based recording Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support
24/7 vendor support for all end users Yes No No No

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