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Top Video Conferencing Tools

During these odd times when the world is facing a pandemic, and people have been physically distanced, video conferencing applications are proving to be of great help.
Updated: May 07, 2020 13:25 IST
Top Video Conferencing Tools
Top Video Conferencing Tools

Now that conventional meetings are not possible, people can connect with their team members, family and friends, healthcare professionals, financial advisors as well as teachers by choosing from a variety of video conferencing tools.

Here is a list of some of the latest video chat applications that are gaining popularity among users, and helping them stay connected.

Top Video Conferencing Tools

Google Meet:

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Google Meet Video Calling App

Google Hangouts Meet now known as Google Meet is a video chat application that can help connect a large number of people – for entire organisations- at the same time. This tool is a web app which means there is no software downloading required. For using the app, the initiator of the call would need to share a dial-in number with the users on the other end. Meet is designed, built and operated to be secure at scale. The app does not use your data for advertising, nor does it share it with or sell it to third parties.

Key features:

  • Free of cost
  • G-suite integration
  • Easy access
  • Safe and secure
  • Works on phones, Chrome and other modern browsers

Zoom:

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Zoom Video Calling App

Zoom has now flourished as a top video calling tool with some path-breaking features. This conferencing and messaging app is currently being used widely for running online classes, webinars, conferences, and even family meetings. The app allows 10 years of archiving which means you can share files and docs and save them for later access. The app lets participation of up to 1,000 people, and gives HD video and audio output.

Key features:

  • Free software
  • Easy to use
  • Could use some more privacy features
  • Easy to start, join, and collaborate across devices

Microsoft Teams:

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Microsoft Teams Video Calling Tool

The audio and video calling app is limited to a participation of up to 10,000 people. This is a web browser-based application and does not need any software downloads. This app comes loaded with features like – screen sharing, live captioning, live recording, background play, and more.

Key Features:

  • Up to 10,000 participants
  • Microsoft-365 integration
  • Scheduling invites
  • Background blurring feature

Skype

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Skype Video Conferencing Tool

A Microsoft video application tool, Skype is one of the oldest and earliest video applications. This group video calling app allows up to 50 people to chat and talk live.  Skype allows users to record calls, note key decisions and use live subtitles to read the words that are spoken.

Key Features:

  • Free tool
  • Can be used across platforms
  • Web browser-based tool
  • Up to 50 participants
  • End to end encrypted

Cisco:

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Cisco Webex video conferencing tool

With the Cisco Webex, having online meetings and conferences will never be a disappointment. Cisco works great even as a free tool with its basic frills that allow up to 100 participants and allow HD audio and video output along with screen sharing and private room chat options. Users are given a private URL as soon as they create an account on Cisco. Using this URL users can access all their video recordings and also manage and schedule meetings.

Key Features :

  • Up to 100 participants
  • Screen sharing
  • Live recording
  • Comes with 1GB cloud storage
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