Are you looking for alternative conferencing platforms other than Zoom for either big or small meetings? This blog is going to help you out a lot. Zoom has in the recent past been on the spot light for its many security concerns leading to advisories from governments and organizations. Many people now are looking for alternatives. Here are some of the best alternatives to look at;
1. Google Meet (Free)
It is a free platform and easy to setup as long as you have a Google account popularly known as G-Mail. Google meet is secure for business and group calls. Meet was previously only available to paying G-suite customers, but in these pandemic times, the company has added a free tier.
Google meet features;
- Holds up to 250 participants.
- Recording capabilities and save to google drive.
- Screen sharing & presentations.
- Easy sharable links.
2. Jitsi Meet (Free)
An an open-source platform that lets you quickly and easily create an online meeting by simply navigating to the site and clicking on Go .A More secure, more flexible, and completely free video conferencing. Available for both web & mobile and it is easy and smooth to use.
- Share your desktop, presentations, and more
- Invite users to a conference via a simple, custom URL
- Edit documents together using Etherpad
- Pick fun meeting URLs for every meeting
- A more fun way to chat.
- Recording the call and save on Dropbox.
- Stream the call to YouTube
3. GotoMeeting (Paid)
The GoToMeeting Free plan is a great way to get started with quick and easy online meetings. The free plan allows you and your coworkers or friends to collaborate with high-quality screen sharing, webcams, VoIP audio and chat messaging in one session – no download needed.
GoToMeeting offers all the standard tools, like the ability to record meetings and share your screen. You can have multiple meeting facilitators. And the service is accessible on web browsers, Mac, PC, Linux, iOS and Android.
- 250 participants with 25 active HD camera stream.
- Personal meeting rooms
- Calendar integration.
- Recording and automatic sharing with registered participants.
- Screen share and presentations.
4. Microsoft Teams (Paid)
Microsoft turned its Skype for Business tool into Teams, which allows you to host video meetings for up to 250 people. Unlike Skype, Teams does offer standard video conferencing tools, like screen sharing and the ability to record meetings. A lot of organizations have adopted this platform since its an easy integration to the windows OS.
MS Teams Features;
- Up to 250 participants
- Screen Sharing
- Documents collaborations
- Recording of sessions
- Easy integration to office365
5. Discord (Free)
Discord is popular with gamers, but can be used by anyone looking for encrypted chat, messaging and video calls. Users set up a dedicated “server,” which can be organized into rooms (similar to Slack) that host video and text-based chats.
- Support up to 50 participants.
- Live chat
- Supports all platforms
Truly simple video chat and screen sharing for groups up to 6 people. Talky is the easy way to connect with friends and family. Talky uses unique URLs that you can share with those you’re meeting with. Just create a room and share the URL with your chat partners. All they need to do is navigate to your link with a supported browser to start the chat!
The popular video chat software Skype is well-known and widely used, and its new Skype Meet Now feature is here. A conferencing tool specifically designed for small and medium businesses.
Skype Meeting Features.
- Up to 250 participants.
- Recording session
- Sharing screens for presentations
- Collaboration across MS applications
- Easy integrations to MS products
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