This app has only been owned by Cisco since 2007, but it has been available since the ’90s. Although it is mainly used by businesses and hence its best version is paid, during this pandemic they have expanded their free version to allow as many as 100 participants. They have also eliminated the limits on time, which is highly convenient.
Skype Meet Now
You can use this Skype feature by finding the Meet Now button in the app and it works wonderfully for conference calls. It offers the chance to record and keep your videoconference call saved for a full month, which these days comes in handy for things like online classes. Moreover, you can even share your presentations using Meet Now
If you don’t want to download the app or log in to it, you have a web feature that allows you to make videoconference calls without needing to do these things. Although this is a good option to have, keep in mind the app is free and you have access to more useful features if you log in.
This is Google’s own messaging app that also comes with video call and videoconference features. Hangouts gives you the option to share screens and having a videoconference with about 10 people.
The biggest advantage this app has to offer is the fact that it is simple to set up and rather fast.
As of May of this year, Google has made this app available for free to anybody that has a Gmail account. In light of the current situation, they have also gotten rid of their time restrictions for conferences and increased the number of participants allowed to 150.
Since it is owned by Google, Google Meet has the option to have your videoconference meetings scheduled through Google Calendar. Although it is quick and simple to use, it also has useful features like denying or admitting people to join the videoconference call.
Stay in touch with your loved ones and your business partners during this quarantine period using safer alternatives to Zoom for videoconferences.
Keep in mind most of these apps have included exceptions and special features to address the new urgent need for video calling and once it is all over, they might go back to their restrictions.