Due to the current situation caused by COVID-19 many people are forced to work from home and to arrange their professional and personal life in the virtual space. Reliable and professional video call solutions have come to front as we have to keep up with our work and proved to be the only way to stay in touch with our relatives and friends. Many video conference providers have extended the features of their free plans or have provided more flexible solutions than before in order to support all of us in this unprecedented situation. We made a little summary of some of the most well-known software to help you to find the most suitable plan for you.
Free version: available
Pros: free option is really generous with up to 100 participants, 40 minutes limit on group meetings, unlimited meetings and unlimited minutes on 1-2-1 meetings. Easy to use, you can have it downloaded or from the browser too, can be added to calendar, flexible add-ons, whiteboarding.
Cons: Every time I go to export to Google calendar, it makes me re-auth my account.
Free version: 14-days trial
Price plans: monthly and yearly options available
Pros: easy to use, ideal tool for video conferences.
Cons: desktop-based app, if you need more comprehensive inclusions, such as recording, whiteboarding etc. you have to find another provider.
Free version: 7-days trial
Pros: supports Dolby voice.
Cons: seems to have fewer inclusions than most of their competitors.
Free version: 30-days trial
Pros: cost-efficient, Office 365 is included with all plans, which might be useful for some new businesses.
Cons: seems to have fewer features than most of its competitors, for example, whiteboarding is not available.
Free version: available
Pros: several features included, such as whiteboarding and add-ons available. Very generous free plan with a maximum of 100 participants, unlimited minutes on meetings, whiteboarding etc.
Cons: when you are a host it is a bit more complex to use compared with their competitors.
There are of course many other options both for free-users and professional ones. When it comes to business it is definitely worth to choose a paid plan which satisfies our needs and gives us the opportunity to look professional even from the living room of our house.
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