Learn the differences between Microsoft Skype for Business and Google Meet and get best practices for collaboration at work or school.
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What you'll needAbout 15 minutes
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Get Meet: Web (meet.google.com), Android, or iPhone & iPad
Note: The instructions in this guide are primarily web only. Get switching information for mobile devices.
Comparison at a glance
|In Skype for Business...||In Meet...*|
|Start a meeting||
Start a video meeting
To start a new video meeting from Google Calendar, Gmail, or a mobile device, see Start a new video meeting.
|Set up an online meeting in Microsoft Outlook||
Schedule a video meeting in Calendar
Guests receive an email with the event information and a link to the video meeting.
For more details, see Start a new video meeting.
|Join a meeting from your computer||
Join a video meeting from your computer
To join a video meeting from Google Calendar, Gmail, or a mobile device, see Join a video meeting.
|Join a meeting while on the go||
Join a video meeting while on the go
If you don’t have a data network, you can call in to the meeting from a phone:
You can dial in during the scheduled meeting time in one of the following ways:
For details, visit Join a video meeting.
|Invite more people to a meeting||
Add guests to a video meeting
For more details, see Add people to a video meeting.
|Send IMs during a meeting||
Send chat messages during a video meeting
Note: In-meeting chats only last for the duration of the meeting. For persistent chat, in your web browser, go to
For more details, see Send chat messages to video meeting participants.
|Share your screen||
Present your screen
For more details, see Present during a video meeting.
|Record a meeting||
Record a video meeting
For more details, see Record a video meeting.
For details, visit Ask questions in a video meeting.
|Take a poll||
Launch a poll
For details, visit Conduct a poll during a video meeting.
|Use a whiteboard||
Use a whiteboard
Tip: The Jamboard file will open in a new tab and a link is shared automatically via the in-call chat.
For details, visit Use a whiteboard in a video meeting.
|Raise your hand||
Raise your hand
For details, visit Raise your hand during a video meeting.
|Choose your background effect||
Change your background
For details, visit Change your background in a video meeting.
* Note: The instructions in this guide are primarily web only. Get switching information for mobile devices.
To set up Meet, or get troubleshooting help, try these guides instead:
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