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1

Differences at a glance

In the past, you might’ve used the consumer version of Skype™ outside of work. Now that you’re using Google Apps for Work, you’ll find many similar features—and several additional benefits—when you use Google Hangouts.

1.1

Feature

skype In Skype

hangouts In Hangouts

Feature

Ways to access

skype In Skype

  • Desktop
  • Mobile device

hangouts In Hangouts

  • Desktop (with Chrome desktop app)
  • Mobile device
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Chrome browser extension

Feature

Phone call cost

skype In Skype

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

Up to 10

hangouts In Hangouts

Up to 25

Feature

Schedule video calls

skype In Skype

Schedule a Skype video call from:

  • Microsoft® Outlook®*

*Skype for Business only

hangouts In Hangouts

Schedule a Hangouts video call from:

  • Microsoft® Outlook®
  • Google Calendar

Feature

Who can join your video calls

skype In Skype

  • Your contacts
  • Anyone
  • No one

hangouts In Hangouts

  • Only people in your domain
  • External guests (by invitation)
  • No one (Hangouts disabled for your domain)
2

Start video calls

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

On the web in Gmail

None
2.2

On the web in Google Calendar

None
2.3

On the web in your Chrome browser

None
2.4

On a computer

None
2.5

On your mobile devices

None
3

Collaborate with video calls

3.1

Join a call from:

None
3.2

Work with video calls.

None
4

Do more with Hangouts

4.1

Collaborate on meeting notes during a video call by sharing Google Docs with your team. Learn more

None
4.2

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

None
4.3

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

None
4.4

Mute notifications during important meetings. Learn more

None
4.5

Having issues with video or sound quality? Adjust your video call’s bandwidth usage.

None

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