Adobe Connect vs Skype


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Adobe Connect
Adobe Connect is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars used by leading corporations and government agencies. And it's based on Adobe Flash technology, so you can deliver rich interactions that participants can join easily. Adobe Connect free alternatives are Skype, Google Hangouts.
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Skype
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
Comparing Adobe Connect vs Skype is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Skype has better video than Adobe Connect



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Adobe Connect has more user-friendly interface than Skype because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Skype is more popular than Adobe Connect

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Skype introduced Professional accounts (in 2017)
- Skype radically redesigned mobile and desktop apps (in 2017)
- Skype adds real-time translation to all VoIP calls (in 2016)
- Skype now allows to make calls without registration (in 2016)
- Skype gets Bots (in 2016)
- Microsoft launched free Skype Meetings for small business (in 2016)
- Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free in Microsoft Edge (in 2016)
- Skype for Web now supports calling to mobile phones, landlines (in 2016)
- Skype discontinues its video messaging app Qik (in 2016)
- Skype integrated with Slack (in 2016)

Looks like Skype was recently more active than Adobe Connect (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Adobe Connect and Skype meet head to head:

2016 - Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free in Microsoft Edge to keep up with Adobe Connect


Microsoft is making Skype in the browser plugin-free, but for now - only in Microsoft Edge. Other browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, will continue to require plugins as before. This includes Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive, all of which, along with Skype for Web, will now support real-time, plugin-free voice, video and group calling when you’re using Microsoft Edge. The company has been more recently working on ways to allow anyone to join a Skype chat, even if they don’t have an account. Skype for Web was one easy way to connect these invitees to your chat session, but installing browser plugins could slow down that experience. Now when those users are on Edge, they can just click a link and start chatting.

2014 - Adobe Connect 9.3 improves screen sharing and whiteboard. Skype is in panic


Adobe has released the latest version of its web conference platform Adobe Connect 9.3 including enhancements in screen sharing, its virtual whiteboard, social media integration and compatablity with Salesforce.com and Microsoft Lync 2013. Screen sharing. Adobe Connect 9.3 includes a new screen sharing control panel that enables users to preview what’s being shared, control the video and the audio in the meeting, manage participants, interact with chat and respond to any notifications. New tools such as new pen and pencil tools join Adobe's marker and highlighter. The update also includes a brand new color picker and the ability to arrange layers. Customers can also use their virtual whiteboard just like they would a classroom one. Recording notes on the whiteboard simulates the in-classroom experience.

2009 - Skype as a Service. Adobe Connect should better react

Jonathan Christensen
After the bad news for third-party developers, Skype exec Jonathan Christensen  hastened to make some remarks and give us a hope for a bright future. First, all plugins will work even after Extras close. Only users will not be able to pay for them from their Skype-accounts. But the developers will be still able to collect payment through other payment systems. Second, Skype is not going to kill the developer community and will soon introduce the next generation platform for them. And the most interesting part, is that talking to Michael Arrington (TechCrunch), Christensen noted that third-party developers will be able to create new solutions on the top of Skype services. What does it mean?

Today Extras and connectors that integrate Skype to business applications, all work over the installed Skype client. But this Skype software is only the tip of the iceberg - the powerful p2p communication platform for text chat, voice, video, file transfer and other services. It's possible that Skype will provide developers with SDK and enable them to embed all these services into their applications without a need to install Skype client. For example, online collaboration suites will be able easily adopt high-quality video-chat tool. Taking into account, that Skype's heart - Silk codec is already publicly available for developers, the opportunity to use Skype as a Service is quite real.