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More and more teams working in digital all over the world are switching to remote locations and transferring meetings to video conferencing. As a rule, everyone needs a simple video conferencing tool that meets these requirements:

  • stable work;
  • convenient screen sharing;
  • the ability to send a file to all team members;
  • personal data security.

We studied popular paid and free solutions and made top software for video conferencing. Watch and choose the one that suits you.

Zoom cloud meeting

Zoom

Zoom offers a free license for schools affected by the epidemic (not available in Russia)

When it comes to calling colleagues, many people remember Zoom

Indeed, the application offers the necessary functions without additional troubles:

  • The host can create a meeting room in a couple of clicks.
  • Participants do not need to register in the service, it is convenient to show and record what is happening on the screen.

A free plan allows calls up to 40 minutes, inconvenient chat, terminal encryption only

For text messages and a relatively expensive license – from $ 15 per month.

In addition, as Motherboard reporters recently found out, the service’s iOS client merges user data into Facebook and other systems.

Microsoft teams

Microsoft Teams

During the quarantine, you can get access to 6 months

The service is delivered in the Office 365 package, it is gaining popularity among teams working in the company’s ecosystem. 

Teams is conveniently seamlessly integrated with other Microsoft products and features for customizing the interface.

Using the service is logical only in the Microsoft ecosystem, the controversial UX with embedded tabs can confuse users.

Skype

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Skype - Video Conferencing

The classic option is when you do not need to discuss top-secret issues and the team size is limited to 50 participants.

You don’t need to get used to the Skype interface, it is free and accessible even from a browser.

It is not the most secure and does not cope with an unstable connection.

Google meet

Google Meet - Video Conferencing

Under Quarantine, Google Offers Free Premium Access for All G Suite Users

Convenient service for Google’s video conferencing and chat rooms, which came to replace the Hangouts Meet in the corporate and business sectors. 

It is part of the G Suite application package and offers up to 250 participants.

The synchronization of chats on all devices with a Google account, and access from a browser.

Slack

Slack - Video Conferencing

Another paid messenger, the main features of which are channels with the group and personal correspondence.

The integration with third-party services for business, such as Trello, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

Calls and video chat are integrated, but to use these functions you need to pay $8 / month. 

During video conferencing, you can use emojis and gifs but does not allow the recording screen, and participants are limited.

Conclusions

Each of the services described is good in some way:

  • Microsoft Teams is a true processor for corporate communication, but all its advantages are revealed only in the Microsoft ecosystem.
  • Zoom is a simple and considered standard for phoning in large companies but, the safety of sensitive data raises questions.
  • For smaller teams, Google Meet is a great option. It is accessible from a browser, is included in the G Suite, and the subscription price does not bite.
  • If text communication is your team priority, then Slack or Skype is a good choice. 
  • The first offers integration with third-party services and thematic channels, the second is time-tested and encrypts private messages.

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