Today’s post comes from Yasmin Khan, product manager for Skype Premium.
We often hear from entrepreneurs who count on features like IM, Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls to run their business, but are looking for more capability. Problem is, they’re not quite sure what makes the most sense for their company.
One of the most popular paid options among our business users is Skype Premium, given the opportunity to use group video calling and group screen sharing. It can be particularly relevant for those who work frequently with remote colleagues, clients or associates.
Group video calls allow you to conduct face-to-face meetings with a dispersed group of people (removing the need for everyone to gather together just to video call another group). For example, you can join several team members and partners scattered throughout the country to view and discuss a sample for a prospective order with a manufacturer in another country. If you’re so inclined, multiple cameras can be used in a single video call to make it more interesting and informative.
Group screen sharing makes it easier to collaborate on documents and other materials. It’s particularly helpful for those of you who present materials to multiple people at once (for example, a Web designer can walk clients from several offices through a new Web site simultaneously).
Just one individual on a group call needs Skype Premium for all participants to use it, so you don’t need to worry about asking the people you call to pay for anything.
A Skype Premium subscription also means you’ll be able to make calls from your Skype account to landline and mobile phones in the country of your choice, including the U.S. and Canada (in other words, Skype Premium includes the Unlimited Country calling plan). Subscriptions are available for three months or 12 months.
A couple other bonuses that come along with Skype Premium: access to live chat customer support and removal of partner advertisements. You can test out group video calling and screen sharing with a low cost Skype Premium day pass, accessible on the Skype Premium product page below the feature listing.
Have you used Skype Premium in your work? Tell us about it in the comments, or tweet to us @Skype4biz with the hashtag #skypepremium.