While the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown has more than half the world’s population cooped up in their homes, people are also learning to work—and communicate— from the comfort of their homes. Here are three online meeting and conferencing services to help you.
Zoom is a video-conferencing solution that has a limited service for free; the Pro plan with more features is being offered for $14.99 a month per user. Currently, Zoom is probably the most popular service among professionals to hold remote meetings with their work colleagues.
Zoom has useful features like high definition video and audio and, for the paying members, provision of typed transcripts of all calls you record as videos. It considers the needs of all types of users and is also being used by high profile companies such as Pandora, Box, GoDaddy, Slack, and Uber.
Zoho Meeting is another excellent tool for video-conferencing. It does not offer a free version, but has a 14-day trial period for users to test and get acquainted with the product before purchasing the service. The pricing for Zoho Meeting starts at $10 per host per month for up to 100 participants. The webinar plan starts at $19.
One advantage, if one may call it that, of the Zoho Meeting is that it is web and browser-based, and therefore, you don’t need to download any software or install anything to use the tool. With a simple Chrome extension you can host and record online meetings and webinars. Further, you can share and record screens across various platforms.
The EZTalks video conferencing solution allows users to access collaboration services such as webinars, online meetings, audio, and video conferencing. With EZTalk, you can share presentations, slideshows, audios, and videos with up to 10,000 participants.
The EZTalks free plan has a 40 minutes limit on group meetings and allows you to host up 100 participants. The paid plans with more advanced features start at $13 per month per host. The software of EZtalks can be used on a wide range of platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Linux.