Microsoft has announced the launch of Skype Meetings, a free video conferencing tool for small businesses.
In a blog post, Microsoft said: “Skype Meetings is a new online meetings tool that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing and includes collaboration features like the ability to share screens and content during meetings.”
Skype Meeting is largely similar to the traditional Skype app, but with few distinct features that makes it easier to set up video calls and collaborate with colleagues as it runs on a browser (www.skype.com/meetings) where you can easily set up meetings and share a personalized URL that participants click to join the meeting.
During the meeting, participants can IM, share their screen or PowerPoint presentation or use the laser pointer and whiteboard features to make it more engaging and productive. The meeting organizer also gets professional meeting controls such as the ability to mute the audience in order to be heard.
Skype Meetings currently offers meetings for 10 people for the first 60 days and up to 3 people thereafter and all you need is a device with an Internet browser, a microphone, speaker and camera, which are included on many devices. It is currently only available to businesses in the U.S with no news of a global release.
Microsoft will hope to use this new tool to entice customers to pay for Skype for business which offers meetings for 250 people and is fully integrated with Microsoft 365 apps and also as challenger to Google’s Hangouts.
Watch this video to learn more about Skype Meetings: