Most of us already know about the Zoom videoconferencing app, as it is one of the fastest growing videoconferencing app. Because of it’s easy to set up feature and free services it successfully achieved millions of users within a few weeks. In march 2020 there is 225% increase in Zoom users as compared to the previous month. Zoom has said, its app’s users grew by another 50% to 300 million in the last three weeks.
Due to its recent security and privacy issues, major corporations such as Google, SpaceX, and NASA have banned the usage of Zoom across their staff. Now many of us might want a good Zoom alternative to continue our work. Actually there’re so many applications already available to fix this problem. Let’s take a look at some alternative apps and their features one by one:
1. Cisco Webex
Cisco Webex is an American company that develops web and videoconferencing applications.
Cisco is offering free access to its Webex Meetings in all countries where it is available to support the work from home required. Recently they have removed the 40 minute limit on meetings and added call-in features.
- Supports up to 100 participants.
- Unlimited time for each conference.
Skype, the Microsoft owned video calling app, that focuses on providing video chat and voice calls among computers, tablets, mobile devices, and smartwatches over the Internet.
Skype is gearing up to offer a tough competition to Zoom, as recently they have added a new custom background feature to Windows, Mac, Web Apps. Using this feature users can edit their background while videoconferencing.
“Want to look like you’re calling from the beach, or from space? Now you can, with custom backgrounds for your video calls,” the company said. The company also introduced a new “Meet Now” feature, which will allow users with no account to make video calls.
- Supports up to 50 participants.
- Unlimited time for conference.
- Custom background feature.
- Call recording up to 30 days.
- Meet now feature.
3. Google Meet
With real-time meetings, by using your browser (or Google Meet application), Google Meet allows users to host video meetings with up to 100 participants at once, offering screen sharing and recording abilities. Users will be able to enjoy meetings of unlimited length up until 30 September.
On april 29, Google announced that the video conferencing app is going to be free for all users worldwide.
“Today, we’re making Google Meet, our premium video conferencing product, free for everyone, with availability rolling out over the coming weeks,” wrote Javier Soltero, Vice President & GM, G Suite.
The interesting thing about Google Meet is – you can use it from your Gmail web account.
- Up to 100 participants.
- Available on Gmail (web)
- Unlimited amount of time. (Until September 2020)
4. Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is offering a free version of the platform, but it has more advanced features with paid plans. Microsoft uses Office 365 in which teams are included with your Office 365 subscription, but you can also download a free version. The company is also providing a six-month free trial of Office 365 E1. Business plan includes Teams start at $5/user/month.
- Up to 300 participants per organization. (Paid)
- Present live upto 10,000 people (Paid)
- Unlimited amount of time.
- Background blur.
- Storage – Up to 1 TB per user (Paid).
Popular among gamers, now helping office teams members to communicate with each other. Discord provides video conferencing at free of cost with up to 50 participants at once. You can also download its mobile app to connect with your contacts using your smartphone.
- Up to 50 participants.
- Text-to-speech feature.
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