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Skype vs Macro: What are the differences?

What is Skype? Voice calls, instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.

What is Macro? A customizable meeting interface, built on top of Zoom. It is a customizable meeting interface built on top of Zoom, reimagined for collaboration, and inclusive conversations. Same Zoom links, same people, same meetings - but now so much better.

Skype and Macro can be categorized as "Web and Video Conferencing" tools.

Some of the features offered by Skype are:

  • Calling- Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.
  • Video- Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call.
  • Messaging- You're always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts.

On the other hand, Macro provides the following key features:

  • Customize your view, for any type of meeting
  • Create a level playing field, for everyone
  • Draft on a next-gen note taking canvas
Advice on Macro and Skype
Lisa Myers
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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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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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John Perry
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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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Pros of Macro
Pros of Skype
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    • 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

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    Cons of Macro
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      • 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

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      What is Macro?

      It is a customizable meeting interface built on top of Zoom, reimagined for collaboration, and inclusive conversations. Same Zoom links, same people, same meetings - but now so much better.

      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.

      Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

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        What are some alternatives to Macro and Skype?
        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.
        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.
        Google Meet
        It is the business-oriented version of Google's Hangouts platform and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It allows users to dial in phone numbers to access meetings, thus enabling users with slow internet connection to call in.
        WebRTC
        It is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose.
        Jitsi
        Jitsi (acquired by 8x8) is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet, while other projects in the community enable other features such as audio, dial-in, recording, and simulcasting.
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