The COVID-19 hit the world and changed life as we know it for everyone. Suddenly everything came to a standstill and in a blink of an eye, we went from working in the office to being remotely connecting and meeting teams virtually. The occasional Zoom or Teams or Google Meets went from once in a blue moon to the best way to conduct business virtually. Virtual meetings and video conferencing in the new normal and it took people a while to get used to them.
Everyone remembers the initial ‘can you hear me?’, ‘is my video working properly?’ to ‘sorry that is my family in the background’. Technical challenges, bandwidth issues, network connectivity issues, and background noises were all part of the video conferencing cycle. How companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Zoom really stepped by in the occasion and become the number choices for any video conferencing services for large teams or the weekly one-on-one’s. Schools and colleges were also not far behind, doctors’ consultations also started depending on the teleconferencing services to operate on a day-to-day basis.
The obvious question then arises, which is the best video conferencing platform in the market, and which works best for your team and business operations? In this article, we try to decode the very same question.
There are various factors that a business or an individual need to consider before selecting a video conferencing platform. There is also a necessity to evaluate the options available in the market that offer both free and paid services and what features get included in both of these service models. Some major factors that drive the purchase decision include:
Subscription Models: It is very important to understand the terms and conditions of the subscription model for any video conferencing platform. The number of days of free trials impacts the purchase decision to a large extent. However, most leading platforms offer free versions of the platform best suited for small scale organizations and individual workers with advanced features.
Value for Money: Getting subscriptions or paid versions of video conferencing is a big part of doing business in today’s day and age. Data privacy and security features are the top priority for most organizations, and it becomes an important factor when selecting a video conferencing platform.
Usability: Setup, user experience, integration with other platforms, value-added features, and ease of use are primary factors that determine the purchase of a video conferencing platform.
Zoom is the most preferred and popular video conferencing platform that is available in the market. Zoom offers both free and paid services to businesses, schools, and other institutions. It is one of the most reliable platforms and works seamlessly even through weak connections or lower bandwidths.
Google Meet comes close second to Zoom and offers the best feature of Google G-Suite integration. Making it the easiest and most flexible tool to use across various other Google apps. It also offers live captioning and English is the best quality output, however, the results are not that advanced for other languages.
Microsoft Teams offers the most seamless integration between chat and video conferencing, available through a click of a button. Teams are the most preferred choice for very large calls and the free version can accommodate up to 500 people in a single meeting.
Selecting a perfect video conferencing tool is almost like playing Russian Roulette sometimes and with the number of options available in the market, it can get very confusing to select just one.
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Remember while choosing your preferred video conferencing tool that what matters is how it integrates with your operations without any hiccups and how easy it is to use for the non-tech employees in your organization.