There are many tools available to help you hold online or virtual meetings. Below are several options available. Note that this list is not exhaustive. Click the link to learn more.
Zoom is the most popular platform for online meetings and video conferencing. The free version will allow up to 100 people and less than 45 minutes meeting. The paid version will allow no restrictions for US$15/month. Zoom features HD video and high quality sound, screen sharing, recording and private/group chats.
Google Hangouts are free, and allow up to 10 people on group video calls. It's an easy to use instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google.
Skype is another web conferencing solutions if you need a simple feature and a free service. It allows up to 25 people on group audio or video calls, and up to 10 people on web conferencing. You can share computer screen with others and share files during a call.
Meet Now is a Skype tool from Microsoft. Users can easily set up a collaboration space and invite both Skype contacts and friends or family who are not on Skype. Participants can then easily join meetings whether they have an account or not. Meet Now features screen sharing, blurred background and recording.
WebEx is a professional online conferencing tool with polished user interface, and still provides a free version. The free version allows up to 50 people to join and less than 40 minutes meeting time. It features screen sharing, text messaging, file sharing and recording.
And now, the new Messenger Rooms
Messenger Rooms is built upon the current Facebook Messenger. It's a tool for starting virtual meeting with up to 50 people. You can create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join the video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Rooms will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit.
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