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Join.me vs Skype: What are the differences?

Join.me: Instant screen sharing. Instant Aha!. Get everybody on the same page, when they're not in the same room, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train staff. Demo products or just show off. join.me is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool for meetings on the fly; 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.

Join.me can be classified as a tool in the "Screen Sharing" category, while Skype is grouped under "Web and Video Conferencing".

Some of the features offered by Join.me are:

  • Up to 10 meeting participants
  • Screen sharing
  • Internet calling

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.

"Screen sharing" is the primary reason why developers consider Join.me over the competitors, whereas "Free, widespread" was stated as the key factor in picking Skype.

Starbucks, Yammer, and Coderus are some of the popular companies that use Skype, whereas Join.me is used by Starbucks, KnowledgeTree, and LinkORB. Skype has a broader approval, being mentioned in 729 company stacks & 714 developers stacks; compared to Join.me, which is listed in 16 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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Lisa Myers
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Hi, I am helping teachers in my kid's schools to set up distance learning and wanted to see what is better between Webex, Zoom, and Skype (although only putting this one in as most parents probably have it). The children are 8-9, so they won't be using it on their own and the parents have no experience using Webex or Zoom.

The main use will be for the teacher to explain what they will be covering in the week and enable some social interaction between the kids.

I need to be easy to use for about 20-25 people.

Thanks for your advice, Lisa

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John Perry
Account Executive at Towerstream · | 3 upvotes · 50.3K views
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From my experiences I feel like Zoom is a pretty intuitive program to teach kids, however Skype might be more common amongst them already.

I am a big fan of Microsoft Teams.

They all do the same pretty much but Teams I find the bells and whistles are easier to find, like custom backgrounds... creating groups for topic discussions that remain there until you want to change/edit or delete. Easy to share files.

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Fábio Henrique Oliveira
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Hi, Lisa,

I haven't used Skype in a long time. I have I lot of experience with Zoom and Webex. Both for me are very good tools, especially if you have money to pay for (to unlock more features, like more people in a video conference - Zoom).

Nowadays, I've used more Webex with my undergraduate students, I'm using the free account. Cloud recording is a features very useful, especially while using the free account (thanks Cisco!). Webex has control features very useful (e.g., mute, raise hand etc).

Kind regards,

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Attila Fulop
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We've been using Zoom for about a half a year and it's stability is unbeatable. We have all-hands on Fridays with 100+ participants. The free tier can easily handle the requirements, the only limitation is that max meeting length is 40 minutes. After that you can immediately restart the meeting, but the pro option is also very affordable. It also features screen sharing and whiteboard sharing out of the box. I also appreciate that it's not mandatory to register an account to attend a meeting.

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Pros of Join.me
Pros of Skype
  • 10
    Screen sharing
  • 3
    Chat
  • 3
    Internet calling
  • 3
    Multi-monitor
  • 2
    No installation for viewers
  • 2
    Quick setup for presenter
  • 1
    Allows presenter to share mouse control
  • 258
    Free, widespread
  • 147
    Desktop and mobile apps
  • 110
    Because i have to :(
  • 57
    Low cost international calling
  • 56
    Good for international calls
  • 10
    Best call quality anywhere, generally
  • 5
    Beautiful emojis
  • 4
    Chat bots
  • 2
    Translator
  • 1
    User
  • 1
    Skype for business integration with Outlook
  • 1
    Not the Best, but get the job done

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Cons of Join.me
Cons of Skype
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    • 5
      Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
    • 3
      Not always reliable
    • 3
      Outdated UI
    • 3
      Birthday notifications are annoying
    • 3
      The worst indicator noises of any app ever
    • 2
      Finding/adding people isn't easy

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    What is Join.me?

    Get everybody on the same page, when they're not in the same room, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train staff. Demo products or just show off. join.me is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool for meetings on the fly.

    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 Join.me and Skype?
    Zoom
    Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.
    GoToMeeting
    It is an online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing software package that enables the user to meet with other computer users, customers, clients or colleagues via the Internet in real time.
    Webex
    Collaborate with colleagues across your organization, or halfway across the planet. Meet online and share files, information, and expertise. Collaborate from wherever you are with Webex mobile apps for IPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry. If you can get online, you can work together.
    GoToWebinar
    It is an online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing software package that enables the user to meet with other computer users, customers, clients or colleagues via the Internet in real time.
    TeamViewer
    Its aproprietary software for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and file transfer between computers.
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