Microsoft Lync vs. Webex

Microsoft Lync Online vs Webex Review

Microsoft Lync:

Microsoft’s latest online meeting service is ‘Lync Online’. Either buy it in a bundle with Microsoft Office 365 or purchase it as a stand-alone product (Microsoft Lync Server).

However, the purchase options for Lync are confusing unlike WebEx Meeting Center Plans. Also, there is no way to purchase its stand-alone subscription for cloud service. The meetings can’t be recorded either (until unless Lync Server is purchased).

Key Points:

– Microsoft Lync Online is decent for those who are deeply entrenched into Microsoft’s software ecosystem.

– Audio quality, video conferencing and desktop sharing worked well during testing.

– Its user-interface has considerably improved over the time, and is much easier to use than its previous versions. However, it’s not as user-friendly as WebEx Meeting Center and other dedicated online meeting services.

– Collaboration features: It lost its point here as it isn’t as accessible towards other tools. Compared to it, WebEx annotation tools gives clarity to your presentation.

– Presentation features: Being integrated into Microsoft’s Office suite, it’s easy to share powerpoint and other documents.

– No native mobile applications, at time of this review.

WebEx Meeting Center

WebEx Meeting Center Vs Microsoft Lync Review

WebEx has been the de facto choice for enterprise web conferencing software from the past 10 years. It is now most preferred online meeting product from Cisco for small business.

Meeting Center has mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Blackberry. The standard version has ample and decent capacity.

WebEx Meeting Center scores significantly on its interface, layout, feature rich packages and security.

Key Points:

– WebEx has feature-rich web conferencing application. Annotation tools, Meeting options, Change Presenters, Whiteboard, Chat, Outlook integration, Recording, Selective application & file sharing makes it for some great features.

– It has a dedicated audio network that improves the sound quality and reliability significantly.

– Video conferencing looked perfect in our tests. Even the desktop sharing showed why it is known to bring best-in-class video conferencing experience.

– Collaboration features make it a preferred choice for team projects.

– Presentation controls were both easy to use and powerful.

WebEx Meeting Center is a leader in mobile with native apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. The mobile app, usage is equally convenient and hassle free.

Let’s take a sneak peak evaluating the two applications. WebEx Meeting Center scores healthier on all essential parameters, a clear representation of Most Preferred Meeting Center available in the current set up.

Microsoft Lync vs. WebEx Meeting Center:

Online Meeting Service Microsoft Lync WebExMeetingCenter
Pricing – $24/per user per month, First month free $24/month, Upto 8 people
Ratings
Usability 3-stars 4-stars
Call Quality and Features 4-stars 5-stars
Video Quality and Features 4-stars 5-stars
Collaboration Features 2-stars 5-stars
Presentation Features 4-stars 5-stars
Mobile Clients not-featured check iOS/Android/Blackberry
Free Trial check 30 days free check 14 days
Standard Meeting Capacity 250 users 25 attendees
Desktop Sharing check check
Meeting Recording not-featured check Proprietary
24/7 Support not-featured not-featured
Overall Rating: 3-stars 5-stars
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George Smith
 

George is seasoned tester, having fair knowledge of development tools and technologies. He started off as a customer to one of the online meeting softwares but couldn't last the chinks in the armor. He has now gathered some good 8 years of experience in auditing and testing online meeting and other softwares. He loves connecting and networking in his leisure time.