New technologies have enabled us to improve and make our tasks easier, above all in our working environment. In this regard, the videoconferences have supposed a revolution in the world of business, because it lets you have meetings and presentations being thousands of kilometres away without any problem, quite the contrary: they allow you to optimize resources and the amount of time.
Now more than ever, we are bound to telework from home because of the situation COVID-19 has brought to us, and that is why these tools have become essential to our day-by-day routine. We need them to perform efficiently in our jobs. Besides, not only do they allow us to keep on touch with our clients, suppliers or internal work teams, but also with our family and friends.
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9 video conferencing tools, it’s your call!
It is the market leader in calls via the Internet and group video calls because it has an excellent audio and video quality. Moreover, the video calls are free and support almost every device and operating systems: Windows, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android, Mac, Iphone, Ipad, Kindle Fire, Smart TV, etc. It allows you to send files of every kind, to call phones and cell phones and activate it from Outlook.
It is so advantageous because it is boosted by all the Google tools and applications. It is very fast, and it has great stability, powerful servers and can be executed in almost every platform. It allows multiple and free videoconferences, till 12 users at the same time. Moreover, it can work in collaboration with Google Docs. You can share your screen, files and notes, and also chat simultaneously.
Besides Google Hangouts, we can use Google Duo to hold our videoconferences. It is free and accessible from any device, allowing to connect up to 8 people at once. If you have a Google account, you’ll be good to go! It is very easy to use too. Nonetheless, unlike Google Hangouts, you will not be able to record your call, nor share any documents, even though they both provide high-quality calls.
It is a videoconference server which offers you the possibility to record audio, to share your screen and allows a simultaneous connection up to ten users. Besides, it can be executed in the navigator of every device and has a statistical monitoring system to check the activity of the participants. Meeting offers free calls, connecting up to 15 people at once. However, you will be able to become Pro or Premier and have access to greater services and benefits.
It is a tool to handle meetings by videoconference which uses Skype’s engine for the video transmission. It also allows you to create events in the agenda to call the participants up to a meeting, to edit documents, to share your notes and files, manage agendas, etc. Moreover, it integrates perfectly with Dropbox, schedule and social networks services, and it is available for IOS and Android. It is available for free, or you can pay a monthly or yearly subscription.
This tool acts as a room for video chat, though the aspect which is really important and distinguishing is that it allows the integration with the social networks Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, which is perfect to interact with the followers of our brand. Besides, twelve people can participate simultaneously, at the same time they chat and also for free.
Jitsi is a completely free app that allows you to hold encrypted videoconferences in an easy and safe way. Actually, ensuring the safety of the information is Jitsi’s main goal, so for this all remains encrypted. You can access Jitsi through Google Chrome, no installation needed. Besides, this app offers screen-sharing features, a calendar, a group chat and the possibility to edit documents and presentations within.
This free tool holds 8 people maximum through videocall or videoconference. ooVoo provides our calls with high-quality video and audio, requiring only a simple Internet connection. It is also available as PC software and as an App for Android and iOs devices. The image stability is its major advantage, although it is mainly thought for our more informal and relaxed meetings because ooVoo is focused on personal use rather than professional.
This video and audio platform holds online conferences among companies and professionals who need to stay in touch. Zoom is available as an app for every device or directly from your favourite browser. The free version available grants 40min long conferences up to 100 participants, while the Pro, Business and Enterprise versions offer a plan, way ahead, with no limits whatsoever regarding the participants nor the duration. Zoom also allows you to record your videoconference, group and private chats or screen and app sharing!
Benefit from what the latest-technology provides when it comes to teleworking from home and download the tool that better fits your needs!
“Technology gives us the facilities that lessen the barriers of time and distance”.
Emily Greene Balch