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Video Conferencing Software
Options for every size meeting, call and budget.

With the sudden change to working from home, several companies want you to know about their video calling solutions. Because there is no perfect solution, we've put together this page showing the most popular options currently available.

On this page you'll see the following things.

  • Name of the companies (in alphabetical order).
  • Link to their website.
  • Brief description of the product from the company website.
  • PROS and CONS of the product as provided by PC Magazine.
  • Link to the most recent, full review of the product from PC Magazine.

We suggest you look at each product, read the PC Magazine reviews and consider what's best for your particular application.


CyberLink

With U, you can meet face-to-face with anyone from anywhere around the world. We've deconstructed video meetings and kicked out all the problems and hassle, leaving you to experience an entirely new, frustration-free way to go about your business.

CyberLink Link

LINK: https://u.cyberlink.com/products/umeeting

PROS

  • Affordably priced.
  • Intuitive interface.
  • Comes bundled with CyberLink U Messenger service.
  • Virtual Makeup improves on-camera appearance.

CONS

  • Encryption only available on top-tier plan.
  • Only PC users can record meetings.
  • Does not support dial-in via a traditional telephone line.

PC MAGAZINE REVIEW:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/cyberlink-u-meeting

 


Facetime (Apple Devices ONLY)

‎Connect with family and friends around the world with FaceTime. Make audio and video calls from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to other iOS devices or even a Mac. Features • Reach contacts using their phone number or Apple ID. • Make both video and audio calls.

Facetime Info and Link

LINK: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204380

PROS

  • Generous free account
  • Competitively priced paid plans
  • Stellar performance
  • Rich features for hosts and participants
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • No toll-free dial-in numbers for the US or the UK

PC MAGAZINE REVIEW:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/facetime-for-iphone

 


GoToMeeting

Instantly join, host or manage a video, audio or web meeting from a conference room, your desk or a remote location via your Mac, PC or mobile device.

GoToMeeting Link

LINK: https://www.gotomeeting.com/

PROS

  • Simple user interface.
  • Easy to create meetings.
  • Can use a custom URL to access conference room.
  • Free plan available.
  • Commuter mode.
  • Trial doesn't require credit card.
  • Meeting transcription.
  • 25 video feeds.

CONS

  • Lacks advanced meeting options such as polling.
  • Webinar features require getting GoToWebinar.

PC MAGAZINE REVIEW:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/gotomeeting

 


Microsoft Teams

Meet with anyone, anywhere. Host online meetings—1:1, teams, live events up to 10,000 people—with consistent experiences across platforms.

Microsoft Teams Link

LINK: https://products.office.com/en-US/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software

PROS

  • Highly customizable
  • Tightly integrated with other Microsoft Office apps
  • Plentiful integration options
  • Included with Office 365 business accounts

CONS

  • Only convenient to use in a Microsoft-centric environment
  • Compartmentalized design gives an air of formality and rule-following that may inhibit open dialogue

PC MAGAZINE REVIEW:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-teams

 


Skype from Microsoft

Skype is for connecting with the people that matter most in your life and work. It's built for both one-on-one and group conversations and works wherever you are – via mobile, PC, Xbox and Alexa. Skype messaging and HD voice and video calling will help you share experiences and get things done with others.

Skype from Microsoft

LINK: https://www.skype.com/

PROS

  • Group and one-to-one free video calling.
  • Good sound and image quality.
  • Real-time translation.
  • Inbound phone numbers.
  • Low-rate calls to mobile phones and landlines.
  • Screen sharing.
  • Messaging with photo and video sharing.
  • Bots for serious and fun tasks.

CONS

  • SMS is outbound only; users can send, but not receive.

PC MAGAZINE REVIEW:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-skype

 


Webex from Cisco

Video conferencing is as simple and seamless as meeting in person. With the Webex mobile app, you can meet absolutely anywhere. Hosting is easy and joining is easier—simply click on your link to join. You can even learn about the people you’re meeting for the first time, with instant access to participants’ background and company.

Webex from Cisco

LINK: https://www.webex.com/

PROS

  • Free plan available.
  • Minimal voice and video lag.
  • 25 simultaneous video feeds.

CONS

  • "Call Me" plan has additional cost.
  • Only one presenter per license.

PC MAGAZINE REVIEW:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/cisco-webex-meetings

 


Zoom

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.

Zoom Logo and Link

LINK: https://zoom.us/

PROS

  • Generous free account
  • Competitively priced paid plans
  • Stellar performance
  • Rich features for hosts and participants
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • No toll-free dial-in numbers for the US or the UK

PC MAGAZINE REVIEW:
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/zoom-meeting

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