Which Video Conferencing App Is Best For You?

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During the current climate, many businesses have had to dive in to remote working. The question has changed from which venue will hold 50 people to which virtual meeting software will allow 50 people to communicate effectively? We have taken a look at the 3 most popular video conferencing apps to help you to make the best decision for your business needs.

Zoom

Zoom is the video conferencing software that you probably never heard of until now. With 10 million daily meeting participants in December 2019, shooting to an astounding 300 million daily meeting participants in April 2020, Zoom’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Cost

FREE – If you’d like to trial Zoom, you can sign up for the free version where you can hold meetings as long as they are no longer than 40 minutes.
£159.90 – This is the starting cost for small and medium sized businesses.

Pros and Cons

Benefits:

  • Supports large numbers of participants.
  • Virtual whiteboard feature.
  • Multiple grid layout in large meetings.
  • Easy to access.

Drawbacks:

  • Can be expensive for large teams as you pay per host.
  • Video quality can be unreliable.
  • Chat features are not as advanced as Teams.

Microsoft Teams

This is the video conferencing software that may just do it all! Microsoft Teams, or more commonly known as just ‘Teams’, was released in 2017 and added to Microsoft’s Office 365 package as a communication and collaboration platform.

Cost

FREE – This version on Teams still allows you to chat, search, video call and collaborate.
£9.40 – This is the cost per user, per month for Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
£17.60 – This is again per user, per month, but for Office 365 E3 that opens up an array of collaboration tools.

Pros and Cons

Benefits:

  • Easy to setup and take part in meetings.
  • Includes Office 365 products in Business Standard plan.
  • High security and privacy standards.
  • Excellent for overall collaboration while in a call.
  • Seamless platform for an overall digital working environment.

Drawbacks:

  • Unable to move channels around, this must be done manually.
  • Limited to a 3×3 grid layout in meetings.

Google Meet

Previously well known as ‘Google Hangouts Meet’, Google Meet is Google’s version of video conferencing software that comes as part of G Suite.

Cost

FREE – Google offers a free version of Meet that allows a meeting length of 1 hour.
$10 USD – The G Suite Essentials version of Meet comes with all the G Suite capabilities.

Pros and Cons

Benefits:

  • No plugins or desktop apps required.
  • Simple user interface.
  • Easy integration with G Suite.
  • Free version is very flexible.

Drawbacks:

  • Host fewer participants than the other platforms.
  • Doesn’t contain as many advanced features as other platforms.
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