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Web and Video Conferencing Comparison Chart

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

This article applies to: Zoom

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

500 for meetings
1000 for webinars

Dependent on hardware
Non-Cornell participants Yes Yes
Student hosts (scheduling & starting webconferences) Yes No
Integrated meeting telephony Yes No
In-meeting chat Yes No
Chat/IM formatting No No
Emoticons Few in chat, none in meetings None
Q&A Yes No
Polling Yes No
HD video Yes (720p)
1080 HD video No Yes
Password-restricted access Yes Yes (i)
Control participant permissions Yes Yes (i)
Breakout sessions Yes No
Attendee attention indicator Yes No
Participant registration Yes No
Session reports Yes No
Recurring sessions Yes No
Programs (event grouping & site pages) No No
Post-session survey Yes No
Tests (exams) Yes No
Publicly-listed sessions (by default) No No
Content Sharing & Collaboration
Application sharing Yes Yes
Desktop sharing Yes Yes
Whiteboard sharing Yes No
Remote desktop control Yes No
PowerPoint presentations that include embedded audio or video Yes Yes
Annotation Yes No
Recording (local computer) Yes No
Recording (server-based) Yes Yes
Record integrated telephony Yes Yes (i)
Record external teleconference No Yes (i)
Standards-based recording Yes Yes
24/7 vendor support for all end users Yes * No

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