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Differences at a glance

Now that you’ve switched from Microsoft® Skype® for Business to G Suite, here are some tips on beginning to use Google Hangouts to manage your video meetings. You’ll find many similar features—and additional benefits—when you use Hangouts.

1.1

Feature

skype In Skype for Business

hangouts In Hangouts

Feature

Ways to access

skype In Skype for Business

With:
  • Desktop
  • Mobile device
From:
  • Microsoft® Outlook® calendar event
  • Email (e.g Gmail, Outlook)
  • URL access

hangouts In Hangouts

With:
  • Desktop
  • Mobile device
From:
  • Google Calendar
  • Email (e.g. Gmail, Inbox, Outlook)
  • Chrome browser extension

Feature

Phone call cost

skype In Skype for Business

Charged

hangouts In Hangouts

Free*

*Most calls to U.S. and Canada. Calls to other countries have low rates.

Feature

Number of video call participants

skype In Skype for Business

Up to 250

hangouts In Hangouts

Up to 25

Feature

Schedule video calls

skype In Skype for Business

  • Schedule a Skype for Business video call from Outlook
  • Start an impromptu Skype for Business video call

hangouts In Hangouts

  • Schedule a Hangouts video call from Outlook and Calendar
  • Start a video meeting on the go

Feature

Settings for who can join your video calls

skype In Skype for Business

  • Your contacts
  • Anyone

hangouts In Hangouts

  • Only people in your domain
  • External guests (by invitation)

Feature

Who can start a video meeting

skype In Skype for Business

Anyone within the host’s domain.

hangouts In Hangouts

Anyone within the host’s domain, or anyone with a Google account.

Feature

Joining a video meeting via dial-in

skype In Skype for Business

Dial-in numbers (if enabled) are available via a separate listing page.

hangouts In Hangouts

Dial out phone invite for external participants.

Feature

Requirements to participate in a video meeting

skype In Skype for Business

  • Download application on desktop to present content and fully interact.
  • Download application on mobile to participate in a meeting.

hangouts In Hangouts

  • Present content and participate fully from within Chrome browser.
  • Download application on mobile to present content and participate fully.
2

Work with Hangouts

There are many ways to start a group conversation in Hangouts. To learn how to set up and start these video calls, see Get started with Hangouts.

2.1

Start a chat or video call in Gmail and Inbox.

None
2.2

Join a call from…

None
2.3

Work with video calls.

None
3

Do more with Hangouts

3.1

Make video calls on the go. Learn more

None
3.2

Give presentations to remote audiences over video calls by opening a Google Slides deck and sharing your screen. Learn more

None
3.3

Find relevant information from old chats by searching your Hangouts history in Gmail. Learn more

None
3.4

Mute notifications during important meetings. Learn more

None
3.5

Broadcast or record webinars and other live events across the globe with YouTube Live. Learn more

None
3.6

Share custom Hangouts statuses. Learn more

None

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