5 Remote Work Solutions For Video Conferencing
Working remotely can create communication challenges between remote employees and the rest of the team. Here are some video conferencing tools that work well for work scenarios.
One of the easiest to use video conferencing tools that we’ve found is Zoom. Able to support dozens of participants, with high visual quality, Zoom also proves stable and easy to use. It’s great for screen sharing and works on many devices.
We highly recommend Zoom as a tool, and smaller companies can use it for free without many restrictions. The limitation for the free platform is that you have a cap of 50 users in one meeting, for meetings up to 40 minutes.
But since it’s generally agreed that meetings don’t help productivity, perhaps that limitation is a good thing!
Google Hangouts is one of the most common tools for videoconferencing, but usually because many organizations are already integrated into G Suite. It’s stable and usually offers great quality, but we’ve found that it doesn’t support browsers outside of Chrome very well. While this is fine if your organization uses Chrome, if any users are on other popular browsers like Safari or Firefox they might run into stability problems.
You can use Hangouts for free for calls with up to 25 users. Google Hangouts is being sunset, and the new Google Meet will be the replacement.
We’ve tried BlueJeans several times, and it’s a popular tool for many organizations. Within our company, we’ve found that it’s a little expensive at $20 per user. While it supports many devices, there’s nothing about the software that jumps out as price-worthy.
A very popular contender from the enterprise development company Cisco, GoToMeeting is a corporate favorite and you’ll likely need to install it just to talk to folks outside your organization.
The interface is a bit slow, and clunky, so we don’t necessarily recommend it as a first choice for the small business or remote worker. It’s worth having just because so many enterprise companies use it, however.
One of the benefits is that users can dial in to a call with their phone, essential for meetings where someone might be traveling.
We use Skype heavily, but out of necessity more than desire. We find that the Skype UI is outdated and not well suited to professional meetings, and the quality leaves a lot to be desired. However, the platform is ubiquitous, available on most platforms, and usually offers a fairly stable performance.
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