Zoom has proven itself to be a useful tool throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, but not without concerns around how the software is installed, security, and user privacy. Many criticisms have been addressed by software updates and changes, but that hasn’t stopped some major companies and organizations including Google, NASA, and the New York City schools from banning its use.
Some problems, such as Zoom Bombing, are easily remedied by following best practices when organizing calls, but this may not be enough to make you comfortable using the app – and if that’s the case, we have 5 Zoom alternatives for you to use instead.
Microsoft Office 365’s suite of applications includes Microsoft Teams, a versatile collaboration app that includes built-in video conferencing features. Teams is now available for anyone who signs up using a personal email address at no cost.
The free tier provides support for up to 300 users, guest access, both one-on-one and group video calls, screen sharing, and up to 10GB of storage.
Are you a new Microsoft Teams user? Be sure to download our Microsoft Teams Power User Pack, including a quick start guide and keyboard shortcut cheat sheets! We also offer Microsoft Teams trainings that can get your business up to speed and using the app in no time.
Zoom’s technology was once a part of RingCentral’s service offerings but the recently revealed RingCentral Video, a new feature that will be included in their communications suite.
RingCentral Video was released to US markets earlier this month and will become available in other areas in the second quarter of 2020 and offers a free version that supports up to 100 participants.
Microsoft’s earlier entrance into video conferencing, Skype, also offers a positive experience for users. The app supports up to 50 participants for free, making it an ideal choice for small businesses who want to use a product their staff are already familiar with – and after being online for nearly 17 years, it’s a tool that has been used by many.
LogMeIn’s conferencing service, GoToMeeting includes all of the features you’d expect – audio and video-based communications, screen sharing, and even a mobile app for iOS and Android. A free, limited, plan is available from free.gotomeeting.com with paid plans offering additional features starting at $14/month.
Cisco’s Webex video conferencing platform offers a wide array of features, even for the free version with 3 users, 50 participants, and recording options. Paid plans start at $13.50 per host and include additional features. If you need to conduct an online meeting with more than 50 participants, plans that support up to 100 starts at $17.95/month.
There are many other options for video conferencing available and taking the time to explore these are a good way to find the right fit for your business. If you’re searching for the perfect system for your needs and are stuck, get in touch – we’re here to help.