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Top 10 video conferencing tools

The need to have an online meeting had never arisen so much before the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier online meetings were conducted with the overseas teams, the team members and the clients at remote locations.

However now, work from home is the new normal and even 2 persons living in adjacent buildings need to find a common online platform to connect.


A company should choose a tool based on various factors like pricing, security, ease of use, limitations, etc. Here is a list of top 10 video conferencing tools available for you to consider for your teams.


1. Zoom

Zoom is a communication tool to conduct online meetings that can cater to up to 100 interactive video participants and 10,000 view-only attendees.


Pricing: Free version with 40 minutes of time limit per meeting. The plan starts with $14.99/mo/host.


Ease of use:

  • Only the host needs to have the account created, Other users can join the meeting using a phone or laptop by simply clicking the meeting link.

  • Can record and allows the download of the video in MP4 and M4A video formats.




2. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is introduced by Google which is a part of g- suite used to initiate voice and video calls.


Pricing:

  • Google hangout is part of GSuite price, which starts from INR 125/per user/per month.


Ease of use:

  • The Hangouts organizer needs a google account and they can invite external users.

  • Chat backup is available online.




3. Skype

Skype is built to offer video chat, international calls, and texting via the web. Recommended by users and experts as one of the best VoIP solutions providers in the world.


Pricing: Free version is available with no time limit and pricing plan starts at $5.50 user/month.


Ease of use:

  • All the Organiser and the attendees should have an account on skype to attend the conference meetings.

  • Call recording is available and can be downloaded within the next 30 days.

  • Multi-channel communication is possible in skype.

  • Skype is free for up to 25 people.




4. Cisco Webex meeting

It is a complete communication tool allowing users to host video and voice conference calls with advanced features.


Pricing: Free plan available. Paid plan starts at $14.95/month/host (or $13.50/month when billed annually) for up to 50 participants in each meeting.


Ease of use :

  • Call recording, Customizable Branding, Application Sharing, Multi-Channel Communication

  • One should have a Webex account to host a meeting but attendees can join directly.

  • Chat is not available




5. Zoho meeting

Zoho Meeting is a communications application that lets you conduct online meetings more efficiently anywhere via voice or video team calls.


Pricing: 14-day free trial with 3 participant limits and 10 webinar attendees. The paid plan starts from $19/host/month (billed monthly).


Ease of use :

  • Customizable Branding, Application Sharing,, Multi-Channel Communication

  • Chat history is not saved





6. Join.me

Join.me is a communication application that allows people, businesses, and organizations to meet online for various purposes in an instant.


Pricing: Free trial is available. The paid plan starts from $10/month.


Ease of use

  • Organisers should have an account on join.me whereas attendees can join the meeting by link or one-time code created by the host.

  • Call recording is available.

  • Email Invitations & Reminders are available.

  • Mobile Integration is present, Multi-Channel Communication, Whiteboard




7. Flock

Flock is a web-based communication software tool that allows you to interact with your team that helps unify distributed teams and boost their productivity.


Pricing: Flock offers a free plan and the enterprise plan starts with $6/licensed user/month.


Ease of use:

  • Users should have accounts in the flock to conduct the video calls.

  • Chat history is available up to 10K messages on the free plan




8. Uber conference

Uber Conference is a communication application that facilitates the user with its high-quality video conferencing and meetings.


Pricing: Free plan for up to 10 participants. The paid plan starts from $10/line/month (billed annually).


Ease of use:

  • An account is needed for hosting a meeting and attendees can join it only by the organiser’s URL and confirm details.

  • CRM Integration, Visual Analytics, Social Media Integration, Document Storage, Calendar Sync with Google,




9. Workplace chat

A team communication software application by Facebook. It has various functionalities including chat, video conferencing, post, create polls, get feedback from the team, etc.


Pricing: Free plan is available with a limit of 50 project groups and 5 GB per person. pricing starts with $4 USD per person/ month.


Ease of use :

  • All team members should have access to the account created by the employers in order to remain connected via chat, voice, and video conferencing calls.

  • Active Directory Integration, Newsfeed updates and commenting, Online Forums, Multi-Company, CRM Integration.




10. Slack video conferencing

Slack is a messaging app that gives you one platform for all your communications, offering real-time voice and video calls, file sharing, archiving, and search.


Pricing: Free version is available which allows 10K recent messages history and 10 custom integrations.

The standard plan starts from $6.67 per user/month billed annually ($8 billed monthly).


Ease of use:

  • Organiser and the attendees should have an account on Slack for communications like texts, video calls.

  • Drag & Drop Interface, Desktop Notifications, Contact History



There are various conferencing tools available in the market, this list intends to list the best 10 tools suitable for organisations to adopt for their teams.





Other suggested reads by the Author:-


  • List of top 10 Recruitment tools available in the market including the free ones.

https://www.hringly.com/post/top-10-recruitment-tool-2020


  • Top Work from home challenges and its solutions

https://www.hringly.com/post/top-challenges-of-work-from-home



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