It’s an unavoidable fact of business: meetings are required. But these days, as more companies operate across state and even national lines, it can be a bit unwieldy—and even expensive—to get all the necessary stakeholders into one room for a meeting. Enter videoconferencing, an affordable way to host face-to-face meetings without all the headaches and costs of long-distance travel.
Even better, many of these services are entirely free. Here, we provide a list of our top five favorite free video-conferencing softwares so that you can get back to work.
If your company uses Gmail for its business, Google Hangouts may be the most sensible solution for your business, especially if you’re using it for internal meetings. When you’re in your Gmail account, this software conveniently hosts instant face-to-face meetings at the click of a button. You can turn any conversation in the application’s chat interface into a video call with a single tap, and you can invite up to ten people to the “conference.”
For meetings with external clients, GoToMeeting provides a professional appearance without breaking the bank. The software’s free version can host up to three participants who can join the meeting via a link in an email invitation. The application also features screen sharing, allowing participants to see PowerPoint presentations and Word documents directly on their computer for easier communication and collaboration.
Cisco WebEx Meetings
While Cisco Webex Meetings does offer a professional videoconferencing suite, the company does offer a free version. However, with this version you can only host a maximum of three participants at a time. While the limited number of participants may be a drawback for larger companies, the free account still offers all of WebEx’s robust collaboration tools, such as the ability to share and annotate files using the built-in annotation tools. You can also chat with other participants during the call, either privately or as a group.
This powerful software supports up to 25 participants in a single meeting. Fuze is one of the only free offerings that can support such large meetings at no cost to its clients, however users do not have the ability to record meetings. This may be its single drawback, as users are still able to share their desktop and individual applications, and also have access to 1GB of free cloud storage to upload important documents and presentation files for participants to view and download later.
Join.me is another popular web conferencing service due to the fact that it offers ample abilities at no charge. The software can host up to ten users, however it can only support five video feeds in a single meeting. Participants can share their screens for more productive collaboration, and if no phone is available, users can conveniently call in using their computer.
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