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Best Alternatives to Zoom for Working From Home

Zoom has become a popular tool to work from home such as remote meetings or face-to-face interactions for other tasks. However, it isn’t the only video-conferencing facility available online. Reports of slow connections and dropped calls are prompting users to seek alternate solutions. Click on the name of each option below to visit its website.

Paid Alternatives

Google Hangouts (Enterprise)

Source: https://gsuite.google.com/products/meet/

Hangouts can be used on a variety of devices and web browsers. Google‘s enterprise-level G-Suite service includes a version of Hangouts ideally suited for text, voice and video chats with seamless connections of upto 250 other users per call. It has a strong moderation and presentation package. What’s more, meetings can be recorded too.

The free version of Hangouts supports upto 150 users but needs to be connected with personal Google accounts, which could obviously prove problematic.

Zoho Meetings

Source: zoho.com

Open source alternative Zoho One has an online video-conferencing feature for those who have previously used Zoom or Hangouts.

Zoho Meetings allows you to host end-to-end encrypted video meetings, conference calls etc through dial-ins and email links (no registration required). The app has versions for desktop, the web and smartphones.

Users can record metings and hosting options including moderation and organisation. It also integrates the Zoho Office app suite to include spreadsheets, text documents and other files.

Zencastr

Source: YouTube

It is a web-based podcasting service which doesn’t have video calls but it’s great for conference calls. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, it is lifting restrictions on group size and recording limits. Free users can now host calls with limitless users and recording time.

Users who pay $20 per month can get access to a special live editing dashboard and post-production tools, with only the host requiring a Zencastr account.

Free Alternatives

Discord

Source: YouTube

It is a gaming-focused app which has a broader appeal courtesy of its encrypted chats and flexible management features. These chats take place on dedicated servers which can be set up by users to organise themselves into ‘chat rooms’, similar to Slack but having video/voice calls apart from text.

Presently, video calls support nine users in total including simple screen-sharing tools.

WhatsApp and Messenger

Source: onlinefigure.com

Though these are separate apps, Facebook owns them both with the same/common back-end technology. Eventually, it is expected to fuse cross-platform services along with Instagram DMs.

Both WhatsApp and Messenger support group voice/video calls, however, you won’t find enterprise-level conferencing features.

FaceTime

Source: support.apple.com

Unfortunately, it is iOS only which limits universal use. It supports 32 people per call as long as they have iPhone, iPad or a Mac.

Skype

Source: products.office.com

It supports upto 50 users on a single video call and is available on multiple platforms. All participants need an account to avail its facilities.

 

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