As an increasing number of us face the necessity of staying home and begin searching for ways to keep our earning and learning going, the demand for both paid and free business meeting apps and video conferencing software has also greatly increased.
The right tools can make all the difference for students, teachers, project managers and remote workers looking to communicate and collaborate with classmates, students or team members. So what are some of the most effective apps for staying connected as you work or study from home during these unprecedented times?
In order to choose the best video conference app for your requirements, you’ll need to look at what each one does and whether it can meet your specific needs. So with this in mind, we’ve broken down some of best meeting apps for live lectures, webinars, and video conferencing.
Zoom has become a popular option for remote teams in recent months for a number of reasons. One big advantage to Zoom is that unlike other business meeting software, you don’t necessarily need to create an account or download the app to join a meeting. Once the meeting organiser has sent you the meeting link and password, joining from your phone or computer is quick and easy.
Other useful features include the ability to host up to 100 participants in a single meeting, screen-share, use the on-screen whiteboard feature, access meeting analytics, and record sessions.
Microsoft teams is specifically designed to streamline collaboration within the workplace, by bringing all business communications and shared files together in a single interface. This makes it an excellent option for businesses looking to connect remote workers.
Although larger organisations may find the paid version more suitable, the free version is an excellent option for freelancers and small businesses. It includes video calling and virtual team meetups, as well as content creation with Office Online apps such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Out of all these video conferencing apps, Skype has been around the longest, and one benefit of this is that most people are already familiar with it and feel comfortable using it. Of course, if you’ve only every used it for informal video calls with friends and family, you may be unaware of useful features such as screen sharing, call recording, or the option of blurring your background before entering video calls. Microsoft recently also added a new feature which allows meeting organisers to generate a meeting link and invite someone to join the call even if they don’t have a Skype account.
Google Hangouts Meet
When it comes to free group meeting apps, Google Meet is a straightforward and hassle-free option. Participants can join a meeting by clicking the meeting link or calling in from their phone, and organisers can create a meeting event on their Google Calendar and provide the meeting link. Other special features include call recording, screen sharing, and live broadcasting to up to 100,000 viewers, which makes it an excellent option for students and lecturers.
Blue Jeans is probably the best video call software for teams looking for an added level of security. In addition to features like video conferencing, screen sharing, and webinars, all videos are encrypted by default. Users can also access Blue Jeans via their browser, without creating an account or downloading any new programs. The only downside to this video conferencing platform is that there is no free option, but at just US$9.99 per month for a basic plan, it’s a small price to pay for security.
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