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  • "We purchased an open license."
  • "The licensing is billed on a yearly basis."
  • "We are using the subscription-based version of Skype for Business. There is a free version of the solution."
  • "We had a license for every one of our users to use Skype for Business. The license we used was part of an overall Microsoft license package."
  • "Previously, I did not use another solution."
  • "Our company pays for a license for us to use the solution."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Skype for Business is overall it is an okay solution.
    Top Answer:The solution does require a license. I'm not sure if it's monthly or yearly. It was another department that was responsible for licensing. I was responsible for the software implementation.
    Top Answer:Dynamic file updating is a feature I haven't seen on Skype for Business. It's an area for improvement, e.g. I've seen that feature on Microsoft Teams, but not on this tool. If I send one file and… more »
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    27th
    out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
    Views
    382
    Comparisons
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    6th
    out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
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    3,052
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    2,243
    Reviews
    20
    Average Words per Review
    396
    Rating
    7.3
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    Also Known As
    RealPresence Desktop
    Skype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2, Lync Server
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    Overview

    Polycom RealPresence Desktop is a powerful, enterprise-grade video chat app for PC & Mac. The video conferencing software extends communications beyond the typical conference room setting to mobile professionals. RealPresence Desktop combines quality HD video, industry-leading interoperability, and security that is both cost effective and highly scalable.

    When powered by Polycom's infrastructure, customers can extend desktop collaboration value with app management, interoperability, scalability, resiliency, and multi-point calling.

    Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, online meetings, conferencing, and telephony solutions that support enterprise-level collaboration requirements. Skype for Business Record meetings, share your screen, and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people and use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during your business meetings to make them more productive. Skype for Business provides new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions. Skype for Business also supports the Lync client experience so that you can choose a phased upgrade approach to the new client experience for users. Skype for Business is also an integral part of Microsoft Office 365, providing PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, PSTN Calling, and Skype Meeting Broadcast capabilities to Office 365 users.
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    Sample Customers
    John Laing, China Daily, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, NATO Communications and Information Agency, NHS Home Dialysis, Silver Chain, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, nimed
    EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services,LA Fitness, MedcoEnergi International, Tampa General Hospital, and HopewellHoldings Limited.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    University10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise59%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Polycom RealPresence Desktop is ranked 27th in Virtual Meetings while Skype for Business is ranked 6th in Virtual Meetings with 20 reviews. Polycom RealPresence Desktop is rated 0.0, while Skype for Business is rated 7.2. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Skype for Business writes "Easy video conferencing with a simple setup and capable of saving conversations". Polycom RealPresence Desktop is most compared with Huawei Video Conferencing Platform and Cisco TelePresence, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, Zoom, TeamViewer, 3CX Live Chat and GoToMeeting.

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