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Find out what your peers are saying about Blackboard Collaborate vs. Skype for Business and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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Pros
"Document loading and annotation.""The solution allows me to connect and collaborate with my classes."

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"The simplicity and ease of use are the most valuable features. It's so much easier and quicker than writing an email to someone and waiting for them to read it.""The quality of the meetings is very good.""The most valuable feature is stability.""I use the chat feature to communicate with my staff, which is very helpful.""The calling features are most valuable, especially now as we are working remotely.""I like the fact that it opens up your video conferencing, and, in many cases, the audio at the same time.""There are free versions of the solution available.""Making calls and having meetings is easy."

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Cons
"The system can overload when too many try logging in.""If there were maybe more tutorials outside of what I'm aware the university is suggesting, I would take more tutorials on effective ways to deliver content. I come from the industry and content was always needed when people that were observing were smart and involved and decision-makers instead of so passively just trying to pass the course. In my imagination, the tutorials would be a tool where the learners themselves can have much more hands-on learning during a Collaborate session."

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"The ease of configuration or the lack of decent tooling to pinpoint your problems is probably its biggest issue.""We need a feature where you can virtually raise your hand to silently let the presenter know that you have a question.""We have had trouble with scalability when trying to host large meetings.""Going forward, I would like to see better call quality and reliability.""There are issues with the bandwidth, particularly for external meetings,""The integration with Outlook could be improved.""It would be ideal if the solution could make instant messages more permanent. Currently, if you close the conversation, you lose the instant messages that you shared during the meeting. If those could last beyond the meeting, that would be a great addition, due to the fact that frequently, people give each other key details, important information, or email addresses, etc., during the meeting. If you don't write it down during the meeting, after the meeting closes, it's gone forever. That can be quite frustrating.""The solution isn't connected to Microsoft Teams, and I feel like there is better communication on that particular solution. The group capabilities are a bit less than Teams."

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"The cost of Skype for Business is incorporated into our Office 365 licenses."

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11th
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8.0
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out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
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Blackboard Mobile
Skype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2, Lync Server
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Overview
Blackboard Mobile give your learners, educators, and community access to all aspects of the educational experience on their mobile devices and they'll be able to go anywhere. Giving you the power to engage everyone on their terms and devices. Offering instant access to the information they need. Encouraging the interaction they crave.
Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, online meetings, conferencing, and telephony solutions that support enterprise-level collaboration requirements. Skype for Business Record meetings, share your screen, and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people and use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during your business meetings to make them more productive. Skype for Business provides new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions. Skype for Business also supports the Lync client experience so that you can choose a phased upgrade approach to the new client experience for users. Skype for Business is also an integral part of Microsoft Office 365, providing PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, PSTN Calling, and Skype Meeting Broadcast capabilities to Office 365 users.
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University of Derby Online, Universty of Warwick, University of Liverpool, City College Norwich, Northumberland College, Mid-Kent College, Watson Pharmaceutials, Capella University, Shore Tel Sky, Lincoln PD, City of Somerville MA, Somerset County Council
EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services,LA Fitness, MedcoEnergi International, Tampa General Hospital, and HopewellHoldings Limited.
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Financial Services Firm32%
Comms Service Provider16%
University11%
Engineering Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider23%
Computer Software Company19%
Government10%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise47%
Find out what your peers are saying about Blackboard Collaborate vs. Skype for Business and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
521,690 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Blackboard Collaborate is ranked 11th in Virtual Meetings with 2 reviews while Skype for Business is ranked 5th in Virtual Meetings with 9 reviews. Blackboard Collaborate is rated 8.0, while Skype for Business is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Blackboard Collaborate writes "Great for online learning, and straightforward setup, however needs more hands-on tutorials ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Skype for Business writes "Much easier and quicker than writing an email to someone and waiting for them to read it". Blackboard Collaborate is most compared with Google Hangouts, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, Zoom, TeamViewer, Cisco Jabber and Cisco Meeting Server. See our Blackboard Collaborate vs. Skype for Business report.

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