Having been thrust into a remote working environment, members of the global workforce have quickly learned to rely on video conferencing software. In fact, from the outset of the pandemic, video conferencing software downloads were surging, with enterprise-focused mobile app downloads hitting 62 million. This was reported by App Annie during the week of March 14-21, 2020 – the highest number ever seen.
What’s also interesting is that, even prior to the pandemic, research showed that there had already been a rise in the demand for video conferencing software among remote workers.
According to Gartner’s workforce consumer survey,
The average amount of time employees spend in meetings each week has reached 11.7 hours, with 9% of respondents spending more than 20 hours of their working week in meetings
In other words, crisis or no crisis, it’s time to get on board with video conferencing and make it an integral part of remote working.
In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 video conferencing software for remote workers.
The Benefits of Video Conferencing Software
Not only do face-to-face video calls help teams stay motivated and keep up productivity, but they also give employees a chance to see their team members and not feel so isolated. These tools have made the transition to working remotely a relatively easy one in that much of these software are easily installed and up and running in no time.
Additionally, with increasing concerns about the carbon cost of travel to the environment, it seems only logical for businesses to continue their communications face-to-face online rather than indulge in the wasteful costs of holding face-to-face meetings in a single location. Right?
Now let’s get started with our top 10 Best Video Conferencing Software for Remote Workers:
Zoom is an online platform for video conferencing, virtual meetings, video demonstrations, hosting webinars, online training and more. Zoom has a lot of useful features such as on-demand webcasting, real time chat, screen sharing and playback ability. Recording options are also available. The most unique feature is its video webinar functionality. Users can invite others with the specific URL.
2. Skype for Business
Skype is a well-known company owned by Microsoft. Skype for Business is a video conferencing software that offers many useful features like file sharing, screen sharing, real time translations and presentation streaming. For some people, the compatibility with Office tools (Outlook, Word, Excel) makes this tool very useful. There is no option for polls/voting. However there is a possibility to send SMS texts and make landline phone calls.
GoToMeeting is an online meeting platform and video conferencing software that is primarily designed for business use. The software can be used via your browser, with no download required. It supports HD audio, mobile access, private and real-time chat, and screen sharing. GoToMeeting is not integrated with Outlook yet. A particularly useful attribute, however, is the record and playback ability.
4. Google Meet
Google Meet is a communication platform designed by Google with many useful features such as mobile access, a private chat, HD audio and a real time chat. The platform is integrated into Google+ and Gmail. Unfortunately, there is no option for screen sharing which could be a useful feature for many users. There is the possibility to record and playback.
5. Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular video conferencing software due to the many useful options. The structure and setup of the software may take some time to use it properly. With the guest access function and up to 300 people calls, Microsoft Teams is used by all sorts of people and companies all over the world. Screen sharing, files sharing and document coloration using online Office apps are useful features.
Uberconference is a video conferencing software with many useful features. The platform has no limited amount of calls per month and with features such as call recording, voice transcription and screen sharing, this software offers a wide variety of capabilities. However, if international calls are necessary, this may not be the platform for you because Uberconference does not support international calls.
Teamviewer is a video conferencing software that is popular among both individual users and large companies. The software has a lot of useful features such as screen sharing, two way audio, as well as video and a private chat. Currently Teamviewer does not support HD audio and there is no option for mobile access. The function that allows presentations is a widely used feature.
Zoho Meeting is a browser based software, so no downloads are required. Zoho Meeting perfectly integrates with Google Calendar, which could be useful for many users. Zoho Meeting also has an in-session chat, recording option and participants can dial in over the phone. The only downside is that the software is not the easiest one to manage.
9. Cisco Webex
Cisco Webex is a video conferencing software designed for businesses of all sizes. A unique feature is the on-demand webcasting. Screen sharing, presentation tools, record and playback ability and a private chat are other trademarks of the software. Currently there is no option for mobile access or HD audio. Screen sharing, however, is an existing useful feature.
Join.me is a cloud-based communication software with a different variety of purposes. The user-friendly interface in combination with some useful features make this meeting tool successful. The software contains many useful features such as screen sharing, file transferring and share control recording. According to users, the audio and video quality decreases when there are a lot of participants. The unique salesforce integration could be a plus for some companies.
As you can see there are plenty of video conferencing software to choose from, depending on which features you require, the size of your business and much more. As with many, these tools each have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s up to you and your company to decide which tool will be best for you in the long run.
We hope this overview helps and best of luck in your search! Happy video conferencing!
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