GoToMeeting vs Skype


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GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people – so you can do more and travel less. Using our web conferencing tool, you can share any application on your computer in real time. Attendees join meetings in seconds. Enable high-definition video conferencing with one click. GoToMeeting free alternatives are: Skype, Google Hangouts. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted GoToMeeting alternatives pay attention to Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.
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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 GoToMeeting 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 GoToMeeting has better video than Skype



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like GoToMeeting 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 GoToMeeting

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

- Skype introduced Professional accounts (in 2017)
- GoToMeeting unveiled conference room solution (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)

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

2014 - Microsoft launched video messaging service Skype Qik to catch up with GoToMeeting



Microsoft unveiled group video messaging app called Skype Qik. The cross-platform software works on iPhones, Android handsets and Windows Phones. Skype Qik app works with single and group video messages; anyone in the group can add anyone else they’d like using a phone number. To record a video message, users simply press the large pink button in the app. Messages last up to two weeks before they automatically disappear, although you can manually delete them as well. Contacts that don’t have Skype Qik installed will get a text message to explain how they can install the app and become part of the conversation. Short messages — called Qik Fliks —  can also be captured and sent as five-second animated GIFs; these can also be saved for re-use.

2011 - GoToMeetings adds HD-video. Goes apart from Skype?


Last March, before Skype was acquired by Microsoft, it announced that the GoToMeating web-conferencing tools will be integrated into Skype's client. It could be a logical partnership because GoToMeeting and Skype are often used together to organize online meetings. But then Microsoft bought Skype, and apparently the plan was changed. After all, Microsoft and Citrix (the owner of GoToMeeting) - are more rivals than friends. Anyway, yesterday GoToMeeting launched the new version with its own video tool called HDFaces. Moreover, HDFaces can not just replace Skype for GoToMeeting users, but also compete with Skype in the global enterprise video meating market. HDFaces supports up to 6 concurrent participants, with a maximum resolution 1920x960 pixels. I.e. the quality of the video call is potentially much better than in Skype. Video streams can be displayed in a separate window or on a separate screen. The video stream of the current speaker is automatically highlighted. At the same time, video conferencing is available absolutely free of charge for all GoToMeeting users (and the cost of GoToMeeting is $49/month per 15 users)