Our Top 5 Platforms for Video Conferencing

6 April 2020| Post by Graham3 minutes

AuthorGraham

Due to recent government advice, many of us have found ourselves working from home.

And with that, many of our usual office activities have been taken online, including important business meetings. Conference calls are essential for liaising with clients, exchanging information between colleagues and more than anything, bringing back some normality during these strange times.

So, we thought we’d bring together 5 of the most useful video call platforms out there at the moment which will help you and your office keep business as usual.

Google Hangouts

We thought we’d start off with the platform that we use here at Limely! With Google Hangouts, you not only get high-quality image and sound, but a bunch of features that are proving particularly handy for business meetings.

We particularly like the auto screen focus which recognises which person is talking and displays their video accordingly. It provides a formal setting which is perfect for meetings not just with your colleagues, but clients too.

Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing software that is specifically made with business meetings in mind, and has become particularly popular during this period of isolation. Accessible via phone or desktop, it provides a great setting for formal meetings.

When in the app, it displays all videos in one place encouraging the flow of conversation, and you’re able to raise your hand or respond to points with certain emojis. All chats and meetings also come equipped with codes and passwords so your time on the app remains private, but can easily be shared with anyone who wants to join.

Skype

A golden oldie, Skype has been around for a while but thanks to the current state of affairs it’s never been more relevant. Skype is easy to use and provides you with everything you need to have a successful and productive meeting.

With a great chat section and the ability to involve multiple people in one call, it’s a staple app to have on your phone or desktop.

Facebook

If you’re looking for a quick solution for your video meetings, Facebook is the best place for you! Perfect for quick catch up with your team, you can turn a  group chat into a video conference in a matter of clicks.

With high-quality video and sound,  you can’t really go wrong.

Whatsapp

Like Facebook, Whatsapp provides a simple solution for those quick catchups and questions that are best face to face. Having very similar qualities to Facetime, it allows for that simple video call which can either be one to one or with a group.

It’s quite restricting as it requires you to have the phone numbers of those wanting to take part in the call, but if you’re just needing a quick chat with your team, it’s a great way to do so.

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