It always is difficult to sell what one’s competitors give to customers for free. Skype Meetings represents that sort of competition, at the low end of the business market, where a typical requirement might require conferencing involving three people.
Skype Meetings—offered free to small business--is a new online meetings tool that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing.
Anyone in the United States with a business email address and whose organization doesn’t already have Office 365 can sign up for free Skype Meetings at www.skype.com/meetings.
Once signed up, a user can set up meetings for up to 10 people for the first 60 days and up to three people thereafter.
Skype Meetings includes collaboration features like the ability to share screens and content during meetings. During a meeting, participants can instant message, share their screen or PowerPoint presentation or use the laser pointer and whiteboard features.
The meeting organizer also gets professional meeting controls such as the ability to mute the audience in order to be heard.