Cisco Spark vs Skype For Business

Cisco Spark
Bring your teams together with one unified communications service that does it all: group messaging, screen sharing, video calls, video conferencing, and collaboration.
Skype For Business
Get messaging, audio and video calls, online meetings, and sharing all in one app. Meet with up to 250 people – even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or Internet connection. See contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps. Skype For Business open-source self-hosted alternatives are Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.
Comparing Cisco Spark vs Skype For Business 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.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Cisco Spark has more user-friendly interface than Skype For Business 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 For Business is more popular than Cisco Spark

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

- Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business (in 2017)
- Cisco acquired online meetings startup Worklife (in 2016)
- Skype for Business is available on Mac (in 2016)
- Microsoft begins rolling out Skype For Business (to replace Lync) (in 2015)
- Microsoft enabled video calling between Skype and Lync users (in 2014)
- Microsoft will rename Lync as Skype for Business (in 2014)
- Microsoft unplugs Skype from Asterisk (in 2011)
- Lync 2010 becomes social (in 2010)
- Microsoft to debut Web-based Communicator (in 2005)
- meets Web conferencing (in 2005)

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

2016 - Skype for Business is available on Mac to fight Cisco Spark

Microsoft announced the launch of Skype for Business for Mac Preview  – the business-focused version of Skype’s communications services aimed at a commercial client base. I.T. administrators and individuals can sign up to test the new desktop software, which introduces features like Outlook integration, additional security, and calls that allow for up to 250 people versus Skype’s 25 max. However, Microsoft says invites will roll out first to I.T. admins before becoming more broadly available.

2003 - Microsoft launches Web conferencing service Live Meeting to strike back at Cisco Spark

Microsoft unveiled its Web conferencing service called Live Meeting. It'ss based on technology the Redmond, Wash., software maker obtained when it acquired PlaceWare in early 2002. Live Meeting, like similar services on the market, is largely designed to enhance conference calls with Web content. Participants log into a central Web site, where they can then concurrently view a presentation, exchange notes or ask questions through chat software, and collaboratively edit documents. A number of companies use it for remote training seminars. Live Meeting, an essential part of Office, marks a change in the overall sweep of the product suite. For years, Office has been synonymous with the bundle of desktop applications such as Word or PowerPoint that comes with corporate computers. In the future, Office will encompass a broader collection of applications and services. With Live Meeting, for instance, customers don't download any new software, and no extra software is included in the desktop suite. All the software needed to conduct Web conferences--except for a standard browser--will remain on Microsoft servers.