Best Alternatives to ZOOM for Video Conference Calling

The recent ZOOM privacy and data breach fiascos have compelled the users to look into alternatives for video conference calling. Here are some of the best software you can use to meet your team virtually.

Skype Meet Now:

Skype has been used for one-on-one conversations since 2004. It has launched a new online meeting feature that is accessible with a press of a button. Skype Meet Now allows video conferencing over the browsers or website. The number of users can vary according to the site and platform you are using. It also has a feature of creating a free video meeting in which you can attend a meeting without registering with Skype.

It has other features like:

  • Record the calls for up to 30 days

  • Option to blur the background (if you have the app)

  • Share presentations with users

CISCO Webex:

Webex is a video conferencing app that had been around during the 90s. Later, CISCO acquired it in 2007. Although it has been generally by the companies for business purposes, it has a free version, which is worth checking out. The latest CISCO Webex version has widened the features of the freemium version from 50 to 100 participants, eradicated the 40-minute limit on meetings, and added call-in abilities. It also has other functions:

  • Add Up to 100 participants

  • Unlimited timing for each meeting

  • Call-in for audio

Star Leaf:

If you are not a company, you may not be able to take a look into Star Leaf. Big companies use it all the time. It does not quote its prices on the website. You have to call a salesperson to know the cost of Star Lead. Now, Star Leaf has made the basic video and messages services free for those who are trying to keep in touch during this pandemic. It also has features like:

  • Up to 20 participants

  • Forty-six minutes for each meeting

JITSI Meet:

JITSI Meet is an open-source platform that lets you meet online merely by opening the site and clicking on the button "GO." If you are a technical person, you can make your meeting via the JITSI bridge. Most people like its quick version as it provides you with many features that other applications lack, such as chat session recording (saved to Dropbox), and the ability to "kick out" unruly participants. It also has other features like:

  • Up to 75 participants (add up to 35 for the best experience)

  • Public or private chat

  • Can blur the background (currently in beta)

  • Integrates with Slack, Google Calendar, and Office 365

Some other alternatives to zoom:

  • WHEREBY

  • HANGOUTS

  • RemoteHQ

  • Talky

  • Highfive

  • 8x8


 

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