Here is the best Video Conferencing app as it’s now an easier way to communicate. No doubt, the impact of the Coronavirus disease otherwise known as COVID-19 is being felt in every sector; from businesses to health to energy to aviation, countries going on lockdown, people’s movement is restricted, social distancing everywhere, companies affected; the list goes on and on.
But of all the aforementioned impacts, there is one that is notable; meeting people you love or work with/for or need to see. As a result of this, we’ve seen some drastic changes like companies telling their employees to work remotely. In fact before the outbreak it was easy to go see a friend, however with the stay at home policy already implemented in many countries all over the world, that might not be the case.
So the question on many people’s lips is how can I meet those I want/need to meet? Thankfully, there are several solid video chatting and conferencing apps available that can help you keep in touch with everyone you need to — many of which are free, this article discusses 5 of those services
Note: The list is in no particular order
Zoom is one of the most popular video conferencing solutions for businesses, individuals. With user satisfaction of 99%, it boasts of more than 40 million participants. It is feature-rich, with various plans based on business size and needs, unlimited number of meeting, no account setup required to meet. Prices range from free for basic personal meetings to $19.99/month/host (with a minimum of 100 hosts) for large enterprises.
The features for the enterprise-level plan include up to 200 meeting participants,, unlimited cloud storage, custom emails, a vanity meeting URL, and more. So next time you want to call that friend of yours, try zoom
Zoom has won over 4 awards for being the best video conferencing service, it has also hosted over 1 billion meetings
Google’s Hangouts Meet is a video conferencing tool integrated into the G Suite platform that allows people to hop on meetings via a web link through their laptop or mobile app, or a phone line. If your organization uses G Suite, you can create that link directly through a Google Calendar invite. It’s a solid free option for easy business chats if you already use G Suite, you enjoy the benefits of G Suite services alongside.
Features included for the enterprise plan include up to 250 participants per call, ability to record, live caption and save meetings directly to Google Drive, gmail log analysis in big query, Unlimited Google Drive cloud storage (or 1TB per user if fewer than 5 users) and more (See here for more info)
Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration.
For companies that run on Office 365, Microsoft Teams brings together chat, video meetings, audio calling and Office apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint into one hub for teamwork. If you have Office 365, you already have teams, but if you don’t, there is a free version available.
Microsoft also rolled out updates in March lifting user limit restrictions on those free versions, and is also offering a six-month free trial of its enterprise software suite Office 365 E1 for businesses not already licensed for Teams. Otherwise, Office 365 business plans that include Teams start at $5/user/month. Some notable features include immersive reading, inline message translation, integration with other Microsoft services like Word, Excel, Power BI, etc
An extremely popular collaboration tool used in organizations all over the globe, Slack has integrated video conferencing features. If your organization is not using Slack, adopting it for video conferencing probably doesn’t make much sense.
Video conferencing is like an add-on to the functionality of Slack and can be a great tool for integrating hybrid teams. One-on-one video chat is part of Slack’s free account offerings, but for larger meetings, customized enterprise pricing
One notable fact about Slack is that it is not owned by any of the Big Companies like Google, Facebook or Microsoft, yet it is seen as major competitor to this guys, infact in November 2, 2016, Microsoft announced Teams to the public as a direct competitor to Slack.
So what has Slack got, well Slack has a large scale collaboration and alignment with support for up to 500,000 users, access to 10,000 of your team’s most recent messages
GoToMeeting is another popular and newer option in the video conferencing space. This one supports 15 participants in the lowest subscription tier and 25-125 in the higher tiers -GoToWebinar, which supports up to 1000 participants.
Some of the other features include a Material Design UI, calendar syncing, a text chat in every meeting, presentation features, and more. The video and audio quality are above average with this one.
This is great for small businesses or small teams within a larger business. There are other options with higher ceilings.
We only hope this pandemic will end soon, meanwhile stay connected with those you love and need to.