As of today, we are in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak, and everyone is hunkering down and “social distancing.” The problem is, life must go on. There is still work to do, and many people find themselves distanced from groups of people that they really need to collaborate with. You can do that with video conferencing apps.
Here are some of the best video conferencing apps you may want to use to connect in a virtual meeting room. They are free or low-cost plans to get you started with virtual conferencing.
Free Conference Call is not tricking you with the word “free” in its title. It is 100 percent free with the option of monthly donations of whatever you think is appropriate.
This virtual meeting software offers you audio and video conferencing, web meetings, screen sharing, and call recording at no cost to you. The platform allows you to have up to 1000 people on a call, which is a fantastic capacity. The audience can participate on their computers or mobile devices with their iOS and Android apps for tablets and phones.
Meetings are easy to schedule, and you get a combination of great features to make your conference happen. You get recordings of the audio and visual from your meeting, robust security features, call management features, calendar integrations, and international dial-in numbers from over sixty countries.
If you have questions or get stuck, Free Conference Call offers 24/7 live customer support and mobile applications.
During a video from ezTalks, you can IM chat, share files, do a screen share and use their interactive whiteboard to collaborate with your team or share information effectively with a group. There are audio-only options to use if you prefer.
You can get their startup software for free and still have access of up to twenty-five participants in your webinar, and the meeting can be up to one-hundred minutes in length.
Conferences with ezTalk give you control over the meeting by giving you the capability to lock your meeting rooms, authorize others to present material, and even take live polls.
Invite people using a direct link, and then record meetings for those who could not attend. You also get 1GB of free cloud storage for your sessions if you are using the free version.
If you want to hold a discussion or demonstrate something to a small group of people, another platform that is easy to get started with is Join.me. Get your people on the call with easy scheduling that integrates with both Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook.
The free version of Join.me includes up to five participants per meeting. There are no time limits or limits on the number of meetings you can hold.
You can change presenters who can then share their screens and use the whiteboard to collaborate with the other attendees. There’s also an option to change the background on your video stream.
It’s available for all types of devices, including laptops, desktops, and smartphones.
Zoom is a popular virtual meeting space. The free version allows you to host up to 100 participants in your meeting with a forty-minute limit for the call. You can have unlimited time for one-on-one calls, and you can host as many meetings as you want.
Like other options, Zoom gives you the option of sharing your screen, using a whiteboard, recording your meetings, and storing them on your computer. It also includes a breakout room feature where your attendees can break up into small groups so they can collaborate more effectively.
Zoom is very easy to use. Joining meetings requires only one touch of your audience’s devices or clicking on their browser.
If you find yourself needing to start video-conferencing due to this outbreak, these are great places to begin. You may find that the convenience of them is something you will want to continue to use even after life goes back to normal.