Zoom has become one of the leading video conferencing software apps. Students use Zoom for their online classes; meanwhile, working adults use it mainly for meetings. For the basic version of the Zoom app, it is entirely free. However, if you wish to use more features on Zoom, you would have to pay for the premium version. Whether you’re using the basic or premium version, you can still undergo video conferencing at ease. Zoom’s high-quality audio and HD video together with its features of text chat and screen sharing are the reasons why the users enjoy using it. And not to mention, it is also easy to use! You can use it on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
All Cisco Webex plans include:
The free video conferencing version of Cisco Webex is limited, only allowing two participants in meetings. For paid plans, Webex allows between 50 and 1,000 participants.
Google Meet's best feature, perhaps, is its deep integration with Google's other apps. Whenever you create a meeting in Google Calendar, you'll get a Meet link that you and your meeting attendees can click to instantly join a call. And when you're in the middle of a call, you can find files from Google Drive and Apps and share them in chat, without leaving your call. You can even start a call directly from your Gmail inbox. Google Meet includes live captioning, which is a huge plus for accessibility. The captions work fairly well in English. There's also a tab-sharing feature that's great for media sharing, with very little lag when used to stream a short video as a group.
Skype is a classic, old app, which was everyone’s first choice back in the days when it came to video conferences. Although there have been many other video conferencing apps, some still choose Skype as their first choice. For Skype, you’ll get features such as HD video, screen sharing, and ability to chat – just like other video conferencing apps. Besides that, it also includes features such as subtitle and recording; for free! For each video call, it allows up to 50 people. This app is available worldwide, and since it has been around since 2003, it is definitely a user-friendly app. Users of all ages can use the app with ease! You can download the app on your laptops and smartphones to access it. For smartphones, the app is downloadable on Google Play or App Store. Besides, you can just access Skype via browser too, without downloading the app.
Another popular video conferencing app is called Google Hangouts, one of the video chat services under Google. To host a video call on Google Hangouts, you would need a Google account; but the people joining won’t have to. This app basically has similar features as Google Meet. However, compared to Google Meet, this app allows a smaller group of people in one video call. So, if you’re planning an online meeting or casual chat with less than ten people, you can use Google Hangouts. To start using Google Hangouts, go to hangouts.google.com, or you can also download the mobile app on your smartphone. Download the Google Hangouts app on Google Play or App Store.
Date of Input: 31/10/2020 | Updated: 05/10/2022 | aslamiah
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