Discord vs Skype vs Zoom

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Advice on Discord, Skype, and Zoom
Peter Bishop
Exec Dirfector at Teach the Future · | 5 upvotes · 61.4K views
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ZoomZoom
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Jitsi MeetJitsi Meet

We've used Zoom for a year or two. They offer 1 Gb online storage that is convenient for sending out links to team members who miss a meeting. But some of their meetings run to 850 Mb each, which means I'm always overflowing the limit even though I don't leave a meeting up for more than a week.

So I asked about buying additional storage. The answer was that the first additional step was all the way to 100 Gb at $40/month when the basic video package was only $15/month. That's ridiculous!

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Kausalya Srinivas
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Jitsi MeetJitsi Meet

Jitsi is open source. One can easily implement at their own premises. It offers live streaming thru which one can stream to you tube live. No hassles of storage. Another option is to deliver the lecture and store at local device cloud (open cloud) and share the link to the end users who requires to use the resources

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ZapierZapier

You can automate uploading the files to whatever file storage platform you're already using like Dropbox, Google drive or better yet Firebase or AWS. Then delete the files from Zoom after they are uploaded. You might be able to accomplish this with Zapier. If not, we develop these kinds of custom automations at TinyApp.io

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Jitsi MeetJitsi Meet

I think Jitsi is clearly underrated and has all the wanted features for a simple video conferencing. Jitsi is opensource and privacy/security concerned (Zoom had some serious security issues). You can easily host your own instance or use the public one or purchase a hosted one. There is mobile & desktop apps and you can easily connect using a browser (a must-have feature for entreprise guests).

About your meeting records, Jitsi has a record feature (to Dropbox on public server and more integrations on private ones) and a Livestream feature to Youtube which is really cool and allow you to have unlimited videos, create playlist, public or not...

So I would definitely go for Jisti !

NB: if your company has a Microsoft 365 subscriptions or a Google Workspace one, you should also consider using them as they are part of you plan :)

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DiscordDiscord

I want to host an online Jeopardy game with less than 30 participants. During each round of the game, I'll stream some videos. The point is to gather friends together to play the Jeopardy game and watch random stuff. Please let me know if there's a more suitable platform other than Discord and Zoom. Thanks, everyone!

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Rural Anemone
Head Devoloper/coder at Super Smash Eternal · | 2 upvotes · 112.2K views

Personally, I think that Discord works much better than anything else, even if you don't have Nitro (which is what they call their premium plan). You could seriously do this Jeopardy thing with just Discord (and maybe a bot to make it easier)

Zoom would only let you have a crappy meeting that hackers could easily join. Discord actually has DDoS protection, Zoom just has things that can easily be bypassed.

And if you do want Nitro, it's only $9/mo or $99/yr

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LaShaune Stitt
Chief Consultant at Women of the World · | 4 upvotes · 122.9K views
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ZoomZoom
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CrowdcastCrowdcast

I am in the midst of planning an online webinar for middle school boys. There will be five panelists that will be present at different times, and the attendees will be participating in Q&A's as well as group discussions - like breakout groups. Since each attendee/panelist will have a different operating system, I want to know which tool is most effective and accessible for my event?

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ZoomZoom

I've used Zoom for something similar, and it should work for you. Zoom is widely accessible, including via phone calls. Breakout rooms are included (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206476093-Enabling-breakout-rooms).

One challenge with middle school boys might be managing participant behavior. Regular Zoom calls with more than ~20 people can easily get chaotic. Zoom's webinar mode might be more appropriate for this use case. Webinars are an extra $40/month.

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CrowdcastCrowdcast

Zoom is more popular and have more control over participants, but Crowdcast is more flexible, because of the HTML5 support and can apply widgets on webpages. Both can be used on any platform, but zoom needs to be installed first.

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Google MeetGoogle Meet

I have a google account and use google classroom. I want to give classes online, including screen-sharing, and going in and out of multiple documents on screen.

Even though I am paying for my google account, I still want to explore which of these two tools is best for what I want to do. My classes vary from 5 to 20 persons per class, three times per week, and have a duration of 2 times 45 min.

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ZoomZoom

I’m in the same boat as a teacher. I researched both, used both, I like Zoom much better. I like to compare it to Google having the lite version of an app while Zoom is the paid version. Zoom allows the “Host” to control every aspect from password protecting your room to the host admitting people in individually. I know Zoom is normally paid but has a limited free version. Hope this helps but Zoom seems much further ahead.

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Lisa Myers
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SkypeSkype

Hi, I am helping teachers in my kid's schools to set up distance learning and wanted to see what is better between Webex, Zoom, and Skype (although only putting this one in as most parents probably have it). The children are 8-9, so they won't be using it on their own and the parents have no experience using Webex or Zoom.

The main use will be for the teacher to explain what they will be covering in the week and enable some social interaction between the kids.

I need to be easy to use for about 20-25 people.

Thanks for your advice, Lisa

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Fábio Henrique Oliveira
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WebexWebex

Hi, Lisa,

I haven't used Skype in a long time. I have I lot of experience with Zoom and Webex. Both for me are very good tools, especially if you have money to pay for (to unlock more features, like more people in a video conference - Zoom).

Nowadays, I've used more Webex with my undergraduate students, I'm using the free account. Cloud recording is a features very useful, especially while using the free account (thanks Cisco!). Webex has control features very useful (e.g., mute, raise hand etc).

Kind regards,

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John Perry
Account Executive at Towerstream · | 3 upvotes · 49.4K views
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Microsoft TeamsMicrosoft Teams

From my experiences I feel like Zoom is a pretty intuitive program to teach kids, however Skype might be more common amongst them already.

I am a big fan of Microsoft Teams.

They all do the same pretty much but Teams I find the bells and whistles are easier to find, like custom backgrounds... creating groups for topic discussions that remain there until you want to change/edit or delete. Easy to share files.

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Attila Fulop
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ZoomZoom

We've been using Zoom for about a half a year and it's stability is unbeatable. We have all-hands on Fridays with 100+ participants. The free tier can easily handle the requirements, the only limitation is that max meeting length is 40 minutes. After that you can immediately restart the meeting, but the pro option is also very affordable. It also features screen sharing and whiteboard sharing out of the box. I also appreciate that it's not mandatory to register an account to attend a meeting.

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Google MeetGoogle Meet

I own an Escape Room. Since right now everyone is practicing social distancing, I would like to run my Escape Room games virtually. I would like to allow approx 4 users to log in to play. They can chitchat a few minutes before their game to get to know each other. Then once the game begins, I will introduce myself and give them the plot to their escape game. I will have a wide-angle camera mounted to the wall to show the room, and as the game master, carry a tablet or webcam around as players talk to me and direct me to show them certain items in the room, move in for closeups in certain areas, try lock combinations, etc. I will be their hands while they solve the puzzles. I am not sure if Google Hangouts Google Meet or Zoom is better for this. I did try it yesterday using google hangout meet and it was good, but I think there may have been a wifi issue where it was choppy. Just trying to figure out the best option. Thank you! Catherine

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ZoomZoom

Google meet, as well as zoom are amazing platforms for online meetings. But I will try to explain the pros and cons of both according to your needs.

  1. Network requirements: Google meet requires considerably more bandwidth than zoom, and it isn't a great choice if you have poor internet, or if there are more than 25 or 30 participants. While zoom is pretty lightweight and can support large groups (say about 80) with little to no internet instability.

  2. UI: Zoom and google meet have decent UI, but assuming that participants will be using mobiles, they might have a hard time with chatting in zoom as it takes up a lot of space to view all contents.

  3. Security: Even though both zoom and google meet provide 100% encrypted connections, I personally think google meet is somewhat better due to the flaws in the recent zoom security patches.

  4. Battery consumption: Google meet hogs up your battery when uploading your video and also your video quality, unlike zoom will not be adjusted based on your network, meaning, even if you have poor internet, google meet will upload your video in high quality, sometimes leading to lag and hangs.

NOTE: If you are using the free version of zoom, your meeting will automatically end after 40 minutes. So either keep your games small, or buy the premium version.

In the end I think zoom will be a better choice according to your needs, but if you plan on buying zoom, I recommend you read other reviews about zoom. Enjoy and stay safe!

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Verhaeghe Jonas
Sr. Marketing Technologist at Invisible Puppy · | 3 upvotes · 89K views
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ZoomZoom

I would suggest Zoom: - quality sound and audio is great - simple to set up and invite people + it doesn't matter if they have a microsoft, google, etc. email account or operating system - recently it added a couple of security options which could be handy in your situation = for example 'lock meeting' - once all your participants have logged in you can 'lock the meeting' to prevent others from entering. Another on is the enable waiting room, where participants can 'wait' before you allow them in the meeting.

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ZoomZoom

Zoom has lot more features and higher quality. Agree with the other people's advice. Make sure to realize it is 40 min limit for free account - but you can do monthly Zoom subscription and try it out or only use during pandemic and cancel subscription once this is over if you need to.

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Decisions about Discord, Skype, and Zoom
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DiscordDiscord
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ZoomZoom

as many people say that you can only hold 30 to 10 people in one discord call if you were to make a server and add a chat or a VC you can hold up to 99 which is more than zoom and you can also use the text chat, general chat or anything else that you add and the best part you can hold pretty much infinite people I have personally seen servers with up to 100k people in it. One of the better parts is that you don't necessarily have to download it you can search it up on google and make an account it's as easy as that. Another thing is due to the original purpose of the website/app is that it's very customizable meaning that your students can customize heir profile pictures and names, but not to worry in a discord server you can have it where only you can change their nicknames so let's say things get too confusing or you want to be able to see who they really are you can just change it to their name. One last thing I will say is that you can have customizable ranks and so on so if you desire to split people into teams you can do so and with that, you can customize what they can do like give people ranks or de-rank them. Like I mentioned earlier about VC's you can also screen share and do videos so you can see their screen or their face.

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Pros of Discord
Pros of Skype
Pros of Zoom
  • 59
    Unlimited Users
  • 56
    Unlimited Channels
  • 52
    Easy to use
  • 48
    Voice Chat
  • 48
    Fast and easy set-ups and connections
  • 44
    Clean UI
  • 42
    Mobile Friendly
  • 40
    Free
  • 32
    Android App
  • 27
    Mention system
  • 27
    Customizable notifications on per channel basis
  • 26
    Customizable ranks/permissions
  • 22
    Good code embedding
  • 22
    IOS app
  • 20
    Vast Webhook Support
  • 17
    Dark mode
  • 15
    Roles
  • 15
    Easy context switching between work and home
  • 13
    Great Customer Support
  • 13
    Bot control
  • 13
    Easy to develop for
  • 13
    Great Communities
  • 13
    Very Resource Friendly
  • 12
    Video call meeting
  • 12
    Video Call Conference
  • 12
    Robust
  • 11
    Sharing screen layer
  • 11
    Able to hold 99 people in one call
  • 10
    Easy Server Setup and joining system
  • 10
    Cool
  • 10
    Shares screen with other member
  • 10
    Great browser experience
  • 9
    Easy
  • 8
    Lower bandwidth requirements than competitors
  • 8
    Better than Zoom
  • 8
    Easy to code bots for
  • 5
    Noice
  • 5
    Everyone look at my con (it's a pro disguised as a con)
  • 4
    Not got wierd emojis like everything made by google
  • 3
    Easily set up custom emoji
  • 258
    Free, widespread
  • 147
    Desktop and mobile apps
  • 110
    Because i have to :(
  • 57
    Low cost international calling
  • 56
    Good for international calls
  • 10
    Best call quality anywhere, generally
  • 5
    Beautiful emojis
  • 4
    Chat bots
  • 2
    Translator
  • 1
    User
  • 1
    Skype for business integration with Outlook
  • 1
    Not the Best, but get the job done
  • 25
    Web conferencing made easy
  • 16
    Remote control option
  • 13
    Draw on screen
  • 12
    Very reliable
  • 11
    In-meeting chat is pretty good
  • 9
    Free
  • 9
    Pair programming sessions with shared controls
  • 8
    Easy to share meeting links/invites
  • 7
    Good Sound Quality
  • 6
    Cloud recordings for meetings
  • 5
    Great mobile app
  • 4
    Recording Feature
  • 4
    Virtual backgrounds
  • 4
    Other people use it
  • 4
    User Friendly actions
  • 2
    Different options for blocking chat
  • 2
    Auto reconnecting
  • 2
    Chrome extension is great to easily create meetings
  • 2
    While sharing screen, you can still see your video
  • 2
    Mute all participants at once
  • 2
    When ending the videocall, everybody gets kicked
  • 2
    Reactions (emoticons)
  • 1
    Easily share video with audio
  • 1
    /zoom on Slack
  • 1
    Registration form
  • 1
    Meant for business and education
  • 0
    Zoom

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Cons of Discord
Cons of Skype
Cons of Zoom
  • 9
    For gamers
  • 9
    Not as many integrations as Slack
  • 4
    Limited file size
  • 4
    For everyone
  • 4
    Discord is great, what are you talking about?
  • 3
    Sends data to US Gov
  • 2
    Are u mad u ever heard of DMs???
  • 1
    Suspected Pedophiles in few servers
  • 1
    What i mean by this is someone said u cant chat lol
  • 1
    Undescriptive in global ban reasons
  • 1
    Unsupportive Support
  • 0
    Zoom is WAY better bc you can't even chat on Discord
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
  • 3
    Not always reliable
  • 3
    Outdated UI
  • 3
    Birthday notifications are annoying
  • 3
    The worst indicator noises of any app ever
  • 2
    Finding/adding people isn't easy
  • 20
    Limited time if you are a basic member
  • 14
    Limited Storage
  • 11
    Hate how sharing your screen defaults to Full Screen
  • 10
    Quality isn't great (Free)
  • 9
    No cursor highlight on screenshare.
  • 8
    Potential security flaws
  • 7
    Onboarding process for new users is not intuitive
  • 5
    Virtual background quality isn't good
  • 5
    Security
  • 4
    Editing can be improved
  • 4
    Doesn't handle switching audio sources well
  • 4
    The native calendar is buggy
  • 4
    Dashboard can be improved
  • 3
    Pornographic material displayed
  • 3
    Any body can get in it
  • 3
    Not many emojis
  • 3
    Past chat history is not saved
  • 3
    Recording Feature
  • 3
    En In reality,the chat in the meet not is excelent,noo
  • 3
    Zoom lags a lot

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What is Discord?

Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover.

What is Skype?

Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.

What is Zoom?

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.

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Slack
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Gitter
Free chat rooms for your public repositories. A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations.
Google Hangouts
Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.
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Telegram
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