Microsoft announces free Skype Meetings for small businesses in US

Microsoft is trying to separate individual features offered by Office 365 with Skype Meetings

By: Tech Desk | Published:July 6, 2016 3:44 pm
Skype Meetings will allow conference call even without Office 365 subscription Skype Meetings will allow conference call even without Office 365 subscription

Microsoft has announced the introduction of free Skype Meetings – an online tool that will enable small businesses to hold HD video conferencing on its Office Blogs.

Skype Meetings will give the users ability to share screens over the conference calls. Different participants can join in on a Skype meeting using a personalised URL that can be quickly set up for a conference call.

Over the duration of the call, participants can also message one another, share PowerPoint presentations and share their screens. The new feature also has a laser pointer and whiteboard function to add productivity and make the presentation more engaging.

It will be extremely easy to set up a quick meeting It will be extremely easy to set up a quick meeting

Since Skype is available over a large range of devices, a user will be able to join a conference from virtually any place that allows him/her to access the Internet.

The organiser of the Skype Meeting has the ability to mute out the audience during presentations. Anyone in the US who has a business email address will be able to conduct Skype Meetings, even if they don’t already have Office 365. After signing up with Skype, a user will be able to set up meetings with up to 10 people for a period of 60 days and no more than 3 people thereafter.

Watch Microsoft’s video explaining Skype Meetings

If you already have subscription to Office 365 business (including Skype for Business), you will be able to conduct Skype Meetings with up to 250 people at the same time and have the ability to IM anyone in your organisation at any time. Skype for business is integrated with other Office 365 apps which will allow you to schedule a Skype meeting from your Outlook calendar.

Hike messenger has been providing its users free conference voice calls with up to 100 participants in a single call since late 2015. Hike also allows the sharing of most file types, including – Word, ZIP, PowerPoint, PDF, Excel, etc.

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