CIT supports two web conferencing platforms: Zoom and Skype for Business (Skype - Windows and Skype - Mac). These products have similar, overlapping capabilities. Zoom is better suited for scheduled events and training sessions. Skype is very strong for ad-hoc or on-the-fly communications. See our Web Conferencing Comparison Chart, which lists the features and best uses for each product.
Zoom is a full-featured online web and video conferencing service. It offers online meetings and webinars. Zoom features include polling, breakout rooms, and a wide variety of audio options, including unlimited toll calling and toll-free dialing options. Zoom meetings include the ability to share files and collaborate via a whiteboard.
Zoom is available to faculty, staff, affiliates, and students.
Skype for Business for Windows, Mac and Mobile
Microsoft Skype for Business/Mac is a unified communications tool for Cornell faculty, staff, and students. It provides
- instant messaging
- presence (a combination of your availability and willingness to communicate; helps users approach their colleagues at the right time and through the right form of communication)
- voice calls (voice over IP)
- video calls
- online meetings
- presenting files (for example, Powerpoint)
- whiteboard collaboration
- sharing view of your screen, with optional sharing of control over mouse and keyboard.