The 9 best video conferencing apps in 2019

26 June, 2019
5 min

Nothing can beat a real face-to-face meeting. In case distances, big or small, prevent that from happening when you need it, video conferencing comes to the rescue

Web conferencing has become the preferred communication method for distributed teams and streamlined workflow. That is why we spared some of your time and prepared a list of services for video conferencing with a free membership.

Most certainly, a free plan may not satisfy everyone’s needs. But what it can do is help you get the gist of all the benefits of a particular service.

The comparison table we’ve put together may facilitate the selection process:

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Service Criteria

When choosing a video conferencing solution, the user considers the platform’s functionality, as well as:

  • monthly subscription rate
  • trial period
  • number of speakers
  • ability to demonstrate media content
  • recording capability
  • cloud storage
  • switching interface language
  • App Store and Google Play app
  • screen sharing
  • drawing board
  • chat
  • event notification
  • Internet quality check
  • status of the camera and microphone
  • customize interface views.

1. Proficonf

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Proficonf is a professional real-time video conferencing platform. Laconic and easy to use, Proficonf conference opens up in a couple of clicks, right from the browser. The free membership provides us with the following advantages:

  • quick conference room setup
  • no downloads or installations
  • sharing Center
  • up to 25 participants
  • up to 500 MB storage
  • screen demonstration
  • limitless conference longevity
  • support for every membership level.

It is easily accessible from a smartphone and sports a wide range of communicative benefits.

Drawbacks:

  • no recording option in free membership.

2. MyOwnConference

          

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MyOwnConference free plan provides an opportunity to hold events for a small team, as well as large-scale events for bigger audiences. This resource allows you to organize reliable uninterrupted communication with an audience of up to 1000 people! Not with their free membership though.

Features MyOwnConference provides:

  • customized URLs
  • screen sharing capacity
  • presentations and videos demos
  • conference recording
  • 20 participants or fewer
  • 500 MB storage capacity
  • 20 minutes or less conference recording capacity
  • no limit for conference duration.

Demerits:

  • needs to be downloaded.

3. Skype

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Skype has been a very popular online chat software since forever and a day. With how rapidly human communication patterns and habits change, it’s no surprise, that providers have improved video conferencing platforms considerably. Let’s take a look at what Skype’s free version has to offer today:

  • up to 50 people in a video call
  • file storage up to 30 days
  • screen sharing
  • file upload capacity up to 300 MB.

A few of the drawbacks:

  • requires download
  • no support
  • no presentation demo capacity.

4. Appear.in

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Appear.in service is designed for those who want to communicate with friends or colleagues. The service can be accessed from the browser without the need to fill out forms or download software.

Positive points:

  • easy to use
  • no need to download software
  • permanent link
  • advanced features in their paid version.

Disadvantages:

  • lack of security
  • user management is available only in a paid membership.

5. Zoom

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Zoom is a video conferencing service for hosting and recording online meetings in high definition.

The number of videos is not limited. Zoom’s free version provides video communication with 100 visitors. Conveniently, you’re able to give an ID of your conference to every participant.

Benefits:

  • 40 minutes of recording time with a free plan
  • a hundred participants
  • 40 minutes or less of conference duration
  • support service.

Demerits:

  • needs a download
  • no storage capacity.

6. Uberconference

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Uberconference is a modern conference calling service that makes it simple to host a group meeting. They position themselves as a visual audio conferencing platform. The software allows fitting in up to 100 users at once. It includes the following communicative features:

  1. high-definition audio connection
  2. the ability to manage calls online
  3. ability to add meeting participants after it has started
  4. record meetings for playback later on.

Some disadvantages:

The platform offers no video connection, only audio conference call option.

7. Jitsi Meet

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Jitsi Meet is a simple and easy-to-use service for creating conferences. It offers a set of opportunities and is free of charge. Creators position the software as being easy and convenient. Here is a brief breakdown of the main features:

  • access directly from the browser
  • screen sharing capacity
  • works at 128 kbps
  • open source
  • no limit to conference participant number.

There are special closed rooms that are protected with a password for privacy.

A few of their drawbacks:

  • needs to be downloaded
  • requires a Dropbox account if you want to save the recorded file.

8. ooVoo

ooVoo is a cross-platform video chat for 12 participants or fewer. This free service for video and audio conferencing allows you:

  • to organize multi-user conferences
  • record the course of the meeting
  • send video messages and files.

Disadvantages:

  • requires an installation.

A simplistic solution for bootstrapped companies wishing to host multiparty video meetings for free.

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9. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is an accessible service for business communications. The Hangouts messenger appeared in 2011 as part of Google+ and was known for its multiparty video calls.

Benefits:

  • screen sharing option
  • very accessible: no installation/download requirements
  • ability to fine-tune the conversation visuals
  • Google account synchronization
  • cross-platform software.

Demerits:

  • no support service.

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Conclusion

An entrepreneur or a student, every user is looking for quality, functionality, and efficiency in a remote communication platform. Performance excellence and stability are two absolutely crucial points in a communication platform. The rest of the features may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

We’ve listed several conference call providers with various packages, to help you find the right one. You can follow the links and look at each one in detail. After all, online communication takes business communication to a new level, setting you free from a great deal of extra work.

 

Tatiana Romanova
Content Architect at Proficonf