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36th
out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
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4th
out of 59 in Virtual Meetings
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8.4
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RealPresence DesktopSkype for Business Plan 1, Skype for Business Plan 2, Lync Server
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Overview

Polycom RealPresence Desktop is a powerful, enterprise-grade video chat app for PC & Mac. The video conferencing software extends communications beyond the typical conference room setting to mobile professionals. RealPresence Desktop combines quality HD video, industry-leading interoperability, and security that is both cost effective and highly scalable.

When powered by Polycom's infrastructure, customers can extend desktop collaboration value with app management, interoperability, scalability, resiliency, and multi-point calling.

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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Sample Customers
John Laing, China Daily, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, NATO Communications and Information Agency, NHS Home Dialysis, Silver Chain, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, nimed 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%
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Computer Software Company19%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government8%
Educational Organization7%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise53%
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Polycom RealPresence Desktop is ranked 36th in Virtual Meetings while Skype for Business is ranked 4th in Virtual Meetings with 12 reviews. Polycom RealPresence Desktop is rated 0.0, while Skype for Business is rated 8.4. 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". Polycom RealPresence Desktop is most compared with TrueConf Server, Cisco Meeting Server, Zoom, Huawei Video Conferencing Platform and Cisco TelePresence, whereas Skype for Business is most compared with Webex, Zoom, TeamViewer, GoToMeeting and Alcatel-Lucent OpenTouch.

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