While Zoom is gaining steam — and a lot of it — as state and local governments issue stay-at-home orders and companies embrace remote work, it’s not the only video conferencing app being used. During one week in March, video conferencing apps, including Zoom alternatives, hit a record 62 million downloads.
Zoom is easy to use, but it may not be the best option for everyone. There have been reports of slow connections, dropped calls, and privacy risks. In addition, some companies may be looking for features that Zoom doesn’t offer or for something that integrates with other software they use. Here are some of the best Zoom alternatives to meet those needs.
7 best Zoom alternatives
Companies that use a lot of Microsoft products may want to consider Microsoft’s video conferencing tool, Microsoft Teams. This tool replaces Skype for Business and is integrated into Office 365. You can create and join video conferences, as well as access and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in real time.
Teams offers a desktop and a mobile application. Depending on your plan, you can host up to 300 people in a Teams meeting. Pricing starts at $6 per user per month and includes Teams, Exchange, OneDrive cloud storage, SharePoint, Yammer, and Stream.
Another Zoom alternative, Google Hangouts Meet, is baked right into Google G Suite, which boasts 2 billion users. Hangouts Meet lets you set up meetings and share the link with up to 250 participants. It’s fully integrated with G Suite, and when you create calendar invites in your Google Calendar, a link is automatically included with them.
Hangouts Meet lets you join meetings from a web-based interface or from a mobile app. Participants can also join by phone. Pricing for G Suite starts at $6 per month per user for meetings with up to 100 participants.
If all you need is something to hold meetings, without webinar features, Zoho Meeting might be a good option. It lets you share screens, mute participants, and record group chats. You can embed meeting links on your website and send email reminders.
Pricing for just Zoho Meeting is $2 per month per host for 10 participants. Prices change according to the number of participants. You can have up to 250 participants in your meeting and store up to 10 recordings. There is also a Free plan that accommodates three meeting participants.
A great Zoom alternative is GoToMeeting, which has been around for a long time and includes plenty of features like screen sharing, a dial-in conference line, and no meeting time limits. Depending on the pricing plan you choose, you can add co-organizers and get meeting transcripts as well.
GoToMeeting lets you join meetings from mobile devices as well as desktop computers. Pricing starts at $12 per organizer per month, which lets you host up to 150 participants in a meeting.
Though it’s often thought of as just for large enterprises, small businesses can also use Cisco WebEx thanks to recently expanded capabilities in the Free plan. The Free plan lets you host up to 100 participants for as long as you want, with video conferencing features like meeting controls for the host and dial-in numbers for participants who can’t get to a computer or mobile device.
For companies that need to assign alternate hosts or record meetings, Cisco WebEx has paid options, too. The Starter plan for small teams starts at $14.50 per month per host, and the Plus plan for midsize teams starts at $20 per month per host.
Marketed to small and mid-size businesses, BlueJeans is a Zoom alternative that includes screen sharing, group and private chat, and recordings. It integrates with Google Calendar and Outlook and provides a whiteboard feature for brainstorming sessions.
Pricing for the BlueJeans Standard plan, which includes up to 50 participants per meeting, is $9.99 per host per month. For more features, including more participants, longer recording time, and integrations with Slack and Microsoft Teams, you can sign up for the Pro plan, which costs $13.99 per host per month.
If you need screen sharing and 4K image resolution for video calls, the Zoom alternative to check out is Lifesize. This video conferencing platform also offers personal meeting rooms and a mobile app. The Free plan lets you host up to 25 participants and share screens.
Paid plans start at $14.95 per month per host (with a minimum of ten host). The Enterprise plan, which costs $14.95 per host per month (with a minimum of 50 hosts) includes up to 500 participants, a centralized management console, and one hour of recording storage per host. Contact the company to have a custom plan designed for enterprise levels.
You don’t have to use Zoom for video conferencing. There are plenty of Zoom alternatives out there, and these seven are great options.
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