How often do you organise a video conference for your Executive or team on Skype? If you are using Microsoft Office, it is probably quite often. Well, today, I thought I would share with you the top five alternative video conferencing platforms that are available online. If you don’t have internal video conferencing software or you aren’t entirely happy with Skype, each of these platforms will do the trick and are well worth checking out.
Zoom has several features. You can use it for simple video-conferencing in your meeting rooms or on your computer. The audio and video are both in HD, and anyone can join in a Zoom call, even if they don’t have an account. You can share your screen, use a touch screen, share documents and control the meeting from one central point. Zoom also supports online meetings for up to 500 participants and live webinars. The basic package is free and then moves to paid plans, depending on your needs.
Most of us have Whatsapp on our phone, and it is an excellent alternative to Skype. It has end-to-end encryption, so your calls are secure, you can use Whatsapp on your phone or desktop, you can video call individuals or groups, and it is free to use.
Talky is available on desktop and as an App (although the app doesn’t have as much functionality as the desktop version). You can video call up to 15 people, you can activate screen sharing, so everyone involved in a conversation can see what’s happening on one person’s display. You can also password-protect a group conversation. Although Talky is light on features, it is super easy to set up and free to use.
Viber offers text, voice and video calls free of charge, and if you are willing to pay, you can use Viber Out to make calls to any phone number in the world. You can make also make group calls and send messages. Viber is available on all the leading devices, including phone and desktop, and it is free to use.
5. Google Hangout
If you use Google Suite in your office, Google Hangout is a no brainer. This year Google will be completely overhauling Google Hangout including a change of name to Hangout Meets and Hangout Chats. The functionality looks pretty similar in that you will still have an instant messenger tool through GSuite and a video conferencing facility. For now, Google Hangout is always an excellent tool for those using GSuite. It will help you communicate with your Executive without having to send emails and of course you can schedule conference calls with your Executive while they are working remotely or travelling.