Video conferencing apps have of recent taken a boom among productivity tools used by individuals and businesses. This boom is due to factors such as:
- The increase in number of people who work from home and remote places.
- The increase in number of small businesses.
- The increase in number of those who see video meeting app as an effective way to keep in touch with family and friends.
- The lock-down due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as many people have resulted to communicate with families, friends, colleagues and customers via virtual meetings in order not to expose themselves to the virus.
Video conferencing apps enable people to host and attend video meetings, attend virtual training, host or participate in online birthday parties, Yoga classes, Webinars, get-together parties with friends and many other events. It is the future that has come to be. It is also a fun way to communicate.
Here are Top 9 video conferencing apps that offer both free and paid versions which customers can access and use as they want.
Zoom offers meeting capabilities that make it easy to start, join and collaborate across devices of Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. Zoom meetings sync with your calendar system and delivers streamlined enterprise-grade video conferencing from desktop and mobile. It offers HD video and audio meetings with support for up to 1,000 video participants and 49 videos on-screen in grid view.
With Zoom you can record your meetings locally or to the cloud, with searchable transcripts. It provides screen sharing feature for both the host and participants. In other words, it allows you to share your device’s desktop files, play video with full audio and video transmit while in meeting, without uploading the content to the platform.
Zoom’s product packages include, Basic, Pro, Business and Enterprise. Its Basic plan is free and has robust features, which include – capacity to host up to 100 participants, unlimited 1 to 1 meetings, 40 minutes limit on group meetings, among many other features. Zoom lets anyone host an online meeting for 40 minutes or less for free.
The product is affordable, easy to use and scalable.
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Google Meet is part of Google’s G Suite business package and Google classroom.
Meet allows Google G Suite account owners to create Google Meet appointments. Users with Google accounts such as Gmail can join meetings directly from a Calendar event or email invite. Just by clicking on an invite link a participant can easily join a meeting via the mobile app (for mobile devices) or any of the browser – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge without needing to install the software.
Google meet offers screen sharing, which lets you share your full desktop or a single app. The display arrangement of Meet makes the video of the person who’s currently talking to be shown in the main part of your window, while the rest of the participants are shown on the right side of the screen. Meet is nicely built.
The software environment is simple and easy to use. It provides HD video and audio transmits. With Google Meet you can have a maximum of 250 participants in their enterprise package and 100,000 live stream viewers.
Learn more about Google Meet on the Google G Suite site.
WebEx is Cisco’s meeting and conferencing app and it’s among the oldest meeting apps in the market. Its free account provides 1GB of cloud storage, and it also supports up to 100 participants for an unlimited duration.
WebEx provides features such as screen sharing, video recording, HD video and audio transmit and file sharing. It also supports desktop apps, and mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. You’d need to get a webcam if your desktop computer does not have a webcam.
Google Hangouts provides one-on-one and group video interaction.
Hangouts supports video calls with up to 150 participants. It provides HD Video Calls, HD Group Conferencing, Custom Control for Admins and many other resourceful features. It works on mobile and on most desktop browsers, and it’s a click away in Gmail.
The app supports iOS and Android devices, also web-based applications.
Team is a part of Microsoft 365 – formerly Office 365 Business, developed for team collaboration. Team has several features that allow users to have effective high definition (HD) virtual meetings and conferencing, but it requires you to have a license in order to host an online meetings. Team provides video calls for up to 250 people, and you can chat with your team from your desktop or from your mobile device. It brings together all your team’s chats, meetings, files, and apps so you can easily connect and collaborate from one place.
Team’s dominance is in corporate enterprises. Price starts from $12.50 per month.
Skype makes it easy to stay in touch, and it’s widely used by millions of people.
Skype requires you to download the app, which is available for Windows, iOS, and Android devices. The app offers HD videos and audio communications. You can host a video or an audio conference with up to 50 people, record your calls, enable live captions and subtitles or just simply talk over chats. You also can view through your chat history to see all the files, links and photos shared during conversations. You can hold an interview with Skype from anywhere you are.
BlueJeans Meeting allows you to collaborate effectively with video, audio, and web conferencing from anywhere on any device. BlueJeans makes it easy for you to instantly join, host or manage a video, audio or web meeting from a conference room, your desk or any location. You can join full-featured HD video and audio meetings right from your favorite browser. Nothing to download or install.
The app offers features like screen sharing and smart user controls. BlueJeans events allow you to host up to 50,000 attendees with immersive video, Q&A, polling and large meeting controls. It offers webinars and training educast.
BlueJeans offers lots of features, including screen sharing, safe driving mode and bandwidth management. Its standard version starts from $10 and it offers up to 50 meeting participants.
Whereby is an easy to use flexible video meeting app. It provides you with video meetings in the browser. No downloads and no logins for guests. It supports custom domain for your business, custom logo and background for your rooms, and floating emojis for quick feedback.
Whereby is ideal for small and medium teams. Its Business version provides up to 50 meeting participants, 12 participants can be on stage with video the same time, the rest will be audio-only. Its free version provides up to 4 meeting participants.
Whereby features include, desktop and mobile access, secure conversations, screen sharing, lock rooms and YouTube integration.
“More secure, more flexible, and completely free video conferencing”. Yes, that’s what Jitsi said.
Jitsi Meet is an open source video conferencing solution that was developed by a community of software engineers. It offers more secure, more flexible, and completely free video conferencing. It’s fully encrypted and you can use it every day for free with no account needed. You simply invite participants.
Jitsi Meet features include – desktop sharing and presentation, user invite to a conference via a simple custom URL, edit documents together participants using Etherpad, pick fun meeting URLs for every meeting, trade messages and emojis with participants while you video conference, with integrated chat.
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