The coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced people to get creative when it comes to how they communicate with colleagues, customers and attend classes. Thanks to the digital age we’re living in, we now have plenty of options to stay connected through video conferencing across the boundaries even living in isolation.
Skype Meet Now is a web-based version of Skype. Microsoft explains that it allows you to invite both Skype contacts and friends who are not on Skype. Participants can then easily join meetings whether they have an account or not.
No time limit on calls and available for all the devices. Fully integrated with Office 365 applications.
Google Meet is Google’s paid video conferencing software, provided as part of G Suite. It’s similar to the video chat service provided in the consumer Hangouts but supports far more participants with additional features. It is fully integrated with Google Apps and available for all the devices.
No time limit on calls and free to Host up to 250 users. Need to have Google account.
While ease-of-use has made Zoom the video-conferencing platform star in the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, its security issues have become the main argument that force to look other options.
Zoom can be accessed from all the devices but need to install its App. Time limit of 40 minutes for free account. Participants connect without any account.
- Record the call for up to 30 days
- Can blur the background (if you have the app)
- Share presentations
- Built-in voice translator
- Free access & Unlimited meeting time until September 30th
- Organizers can set up calls using Google Calendar
- Up to 100 participants
- Simple and easy to use
- Screen sharing and Participant control
- Criticism over some security issues
Ehtesham Faizi has a long experience of Software industry, currently based in USA and working in a leading Software company. He is passionate about writing on technical and social topics. He believes in sharing his knowledge and analysis through digital channels.