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Amazon WorkSpaces vs Skype: What are the differences?

Amazon WorkSpaces: Easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access applications and resources. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. End-users can access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets; Skype: Voice calls, instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.

Amazon WorkSpaces and Skype are primarily classified as "Virtual Desktop" and "Web and Video Conferencing" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Amazon WorkSpaces are:

  • Support Multiple Devices- Users can access their Amazon WorkSpaces using their choice of device, such as a laptop computer (Mac OS or Windows), iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablet.
  • Keep Your Data Secure and Available- Amazon WorkSpaces provides each user with access to persistent storage in the AWS cloud. When users access their desktops using Amazon WorkSpaces, you control whether your corporate data is stored on multiple client devices, helping you keep your data secure.
  • Choose the Hardware and Software you need- Amazon WorkSpaces offers a choice of bundles providing different amounts of CPU, memory, and storage so you can match your Amazon WorkSpaces to your requirements. Amazon WorkSpaces offers preinstalled applications (including Microsoft Office) or you can bring your own licensed software.

On the other hand, Skype provides the following key features:

  • Calling- Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.
  • Video- Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call.
  • Messaging- You're always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts.

According to the StackShare community, Skype has a broader approval, being mentioned in 729 company stacks & 714 developers stacks; compared to Amazon WorkSpaces, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon WorkSpaces?

With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. End-users can access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets.

What is Skype?

Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.
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      What are some alternatives to Amazon WorkSpaces and Skype?
      Amazon EC2
      It is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
      VMware Horizon Suite
      Stimulate workforce productivity by delivering a consistent, intuitive, and collaborative computing experience across all devices—anytime, anywhere. Manage, secure and back up end-user assets and applications from one place. Protect against compliance risk with policy-driven access. Streamline and simplify operations by turning disparate operating systems, applications, and data into centralized services delivered on any device.
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      Decisions about Amazon WorkSpaces and Skype
      Dmitry Mukhin
      Dmitry Mukhin
      at Uploadcare · | 11 upvotes · 23.3K views
      atUploadcareUploadcare
      Google Hangouts Chat
      Google Hangouts Chat
      Webex
      Webex
      Skype
      Skype
      Zoom
      Zoom

      Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

      Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

      Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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      Julien DeFrance
      Julien DeFrance
      Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 2 upvotes · 14.7K views
      atSmartZipSmartZip
      Zoom
      Zoom
      Skype
      Skype
      Join.me
      Join.me
      #VideoConferencing
      #Dialpad

      Which VideoConferencing software to use?

      Join.me, #GoToMeeting, Google, Skype... Many of the previous software I experienced disappointed me or my team in many ways: problems joining, voice/video issues, having to register or install software first. And easily, each time we just waste 10-15mn waiting for everyone to join.

      Too many signs it was time for a change.

      At my previous company, SmartZip, I made the switch to #UberConference. A Dialpad service. We're currently using Zoom at Stessa. I really like it too.

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      Reviews of Amazon WorkSpaces and Skype
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      Review ofSkypeSkype

      they really have an awesome and fast support.. Thanks http://www.followthesteps.net/sky-contact-phone-number/

      How developers use Amazon WorkSpaces and Skype
      Avatar of Volkan Özçelik
      Volkan Özçelik uses Amazon WorkSpacesAmazon WorkSpaces

      I use AWS Workspaces for several things:

      1. As a AWS-secured bastion host to connect to my infra.
      2. As a "research machine" that I can use its upstream and downstream speed to do google searches, computations and downloads (only my 1Gbps office network beats their ~500mbps downlink speed; articles load in the blink of an eye; any download is almost instant).
      3. An alternative development environment to test my tooling (how does that electron binary work in windows?)
      4. A secure backup medium.
      5. A mini-staging environment that also has great connectivity.
      6. And an extension to my current Desktop.
      7. And more…

      Their desktop client, especially for Windows, work amazingly well. And they deliver what they promise.

      Avatar of Srinivas Adireddi
      Srinivas Adireddi uses SkypeSkype

      Three reasons why people like Skype that I am compelling: 1. It's simple and easy to use 2. Good video calling quality 3. It's cheap and very efficient Very popular too

      Avatar of eXon Technologies
      eXon Technologies uses SkypeSkype

      We are using Skype to help your customers in realtime. Sometimes you need to chat or talk with customer right away and this is best option for us right now.

      Avatar of MyklClason
      MyklClason uses SkypeSkype

      Skype is one of the better methods I've found for IM communication, and most of my clients have it. Mostly use it when there is a need for screensharing.

      Avatar of MadElf1337
      MadElf1337 uses SkypeSkype

      Skype is far by one of the best video calling apps I've ever used(After Google Duo) It has a very simple User Interface, hence is a favorite of mine.

      Avatar of dotmos
      dotmos uses SkypeSkype

      Allows us to communicate with our employees who are all in different countries when they are not logged into Slack. Also used to vet new employees.

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