One of the great difficulties of modern business is organising company-wide meetings. A changing business culture has made the world smaller and involves companies employing workers from around the world. This makes in person meetings an impossibility and necessities the need for digital meeting technology. Two of the most well known meeting software platforms are WebEx and Lync Server. Each offers its own pros and cons and what follows is a comparison of the two.

WebEx vs. Lync: Usability

In terms of usage, WebEx offers a wealth of features versus Lync. However, the drawback to this that the WebEx is far more complex to use. Lync’s user interface is polished, easier to use, and not overly complicated. Which one of these a user considers to be advantageous merely depends on what they are looking for. WebEx has more conferencing options. However, Lync makes up for having less features by being fully integrated into Microsoft's Software ecosystem, making good use of such platforms such as Microsoft Office. For a company that uses a great deal of Microsoft products, this can be highly adventurous. Also, meeting size has to be taken into consideration as standard versions of WebEx only offer half of the total number of attendants as the standard Lync Server offers.

Another crucial feature is mobile smartphone and tablet usability. With phones and tablets being more pronounced, mobile versions of popular office software platforms are becoming more common. Currently Lync Server does not offer a mobile app or software platform. This is in contrast to WebEx which offers software for Apple’s iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices. For the office that has a lot of mobile technology and a lot of staff on the go WebEx offers greater platform flexibility that they can take advantage of.

WebEx vs. Lync: Sound And Video Quality

Both software platforms offer good sound quality. Lync reports good sound quality during daily use of expected tasks (conferences, calls, and desktop sharing). WebEx however, is a bit sharper in terms of its sound quality. This is due to WebEx's usage of dedicated servers that not only increase sound quality but also stability.

Video conferencing is becoming more widely used in conferences. While voice is good it lacks the ability to read facial expressions and mannerisms which are an important part of any meeting. When making usage of video conferencing clarity and lack of stuttering is a must. While WebEx’s video conferencing looked sharp desktop sharing showed some video fragmentation and lack of clarity. Lync’s GoToMeeting is sharp across the board and is top rated across the industry.

WebEx vs. Lync: Conclusions

In summation, both companies offer solid products well worth their expenses. What a company will find beneficial depends greatly on their existing needs. For the the company that needs on the go usage and the ability to use their meeting platform across multiple operating environments, WebEx is a must. Lync Server simply lacks this cross platform flexibility and is (for now) mostly tied to the desktop and laptop usage experience. WebEx also has a slight edge in overall sound quality. Lync is a fantastic choice for the company that’s invested heavily in the Microsoft platform. Also noteworthy is the fact that at the standard level price point Lync offers double the user capacity for meetings. Lync also has a slight edge in overall video quality that is noticeable when sharing desktops and software presentations.

With the assistance of Meetingzone, a company can easily select and setup meeting software that fits their needs. Meetingzone have been assisting businesses worldwide for many years. Their expert staff assures that every business is completely satisfied.

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