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17 Apr 2020

Competitors of Zoom In Video Calling Applications

Madhulagna Banerjee

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The test of the present times…

The Coronavirus pandemic has kept everyone under lockdown, in the safe havens of their homes. Social distancing is the new norm and meet up with family and friends are also on hold for the time being. 

However, it’s hard to keep human’s away from work. Even in these problematic times, humans find ways to keep up with their work. While some industries are on a complete closure (which primarily need physical access), most have started their businesses from work with the help of wide variety of virtual tools available on the IT platform. 

Virtual tools come to the rescue…

While there are number of virtual tools being used by organisations in order to interact smoothly with their team members, something which is of the utmost help is Video Conferencing (where multiple participants can communicate with each other on video calls). Technology is the only saviour now, as people are using video conferencing software for both professional and personal work. The dependency and use of video calling apps have increased in the last few months with the most popular video conferencing app being “Zoom”. It captures ~40 percent of the video conferencing market which means almost every second call happens through Zoom !!

The stumbling block…

Nonetheless, Zoom has recently found itself in troubled waters as companies like Google, SpaceX and NASA have raised concerns about the app’s security loopholes and have asked their employees to refrain from using it.

The question now is – What’s the alternative? Which other apps can you use instead of Zoom for Video calling?

Let’s find out..

Below are some applications which are great alternatives to Zoom. 

Professional – For the purpose of work from home

Microsoft Teams

Link to download – https://products.office.com/en-in/microsoft-teams/download-app

Platforms available on – Windows, iOS, Android

Price – Free, Paid subscription

Features – Conference calling, meeting scheduling, file sharing, built-in live events tools. 

Skype

Link to download – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/download-and-install-skype-for-business-on-windows-2da94a13-6d16-4d67-adf3-439f2b946994

Platforms available on – Web, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android

Price – Free, Paid subscription

Features – Video call recording, live transcription, file sharing, Skype to Phone subscription.

Cisco Webex

Link to download – https://www.webex.com/downloads.html/

Platforms available on – Windows, macOS, iOS, Android

Price – Free, Paid subscription 

Features – HD video, screen sharing and recording, license, cloud storage, Enterprise plan, Business plan 

Jitsi

Link to download – https://jitsi.org/

Platforms available on – Web, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android

Price – Free

Features – Calling from browser, screen sharing, developer friendly, open source.

Join.me

Link to download – https://www.join.me/

Link to download – https://www.join.me/mobile

Platforms available on – Windows, iOS, Android

Price – Free, Paid subscription

Features – Good from small business, cloud storage, Salesforce integration, webcam streaming recording, scheduling

GoTo Meeting

Link to download – https://www.gotomeeting.com/en-in/features/mac-windows-linux

Platforms available on – Windows, Mac, Linux

Price – Free, Paid subscription

Features – Screen sharing, conference calling, video conferencing, mobile conferencing, recording and transcription.

Personal – For video chats & fun with family and friends

WhatsApp

Platforms available on – Web, iOS, Android

Price – Free

Features – End to end encryption, audio, video calls, works on most smartphones and OS, call 4 people at a time.

Google Duo

Platforms available on – iOS, Android

Price – Free

Features – Simple, video voicemails, call 12 people at a time.

Facetime

Platforms available on – iOS, macOS, iPad OS

Price – Free

Features – Only iPhones users can use this, fits 32 people at a time, supports emojis.

Facebook Messenger

Platforms available on – Web, iOS, Android

Price – Free

Features – 6 to 50 people via video call at a time, emoji reactions, stickers. 

House party

Platforms available on – iOS, Android

Price – Free, In-app purchases

Features – 8 callers at once, popular party games in one place, fun & entertaining.

They say when life gives you lemon, make a lemonade! And desperate times need innovative solutions. 

Even in this period of isolation you can work hard and party harder. Make most use of the applications and remain connected virtually.

Stay safe, Stay at home!

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