GoToMeeting vs Google Hangouts


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GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people – so you can do more and travel less. Using our web conferencing tool, you can share any application on your computer in real time. Attendees join meetings in seconds. Enable high-definition video conferencing with one click. GoToMeeting free alternatives are: Skype, Google Hangouts. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted GoToMeeting alternatives pay attention to Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.
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Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a live video chat app. It allows to share your screen, collaboratively draw on a whiteboard, edit Google Docs documents, create broadcasts for the unlimited number of viewers. Splitted into group chat app and videoconferencing app. Secure Google Hangouts alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
Comparing GoToMeeting vs Google Hangouts is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Google Hangouts has better video than GoToMeeting



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like GoToMeeting has more user-friendly interface than Google Hangouts because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Google Hangouts is more popular than GoToMeeting

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google Hangouts Meet provides new $1,999 hardware kit (in 2017)
- GoToMeeting unveiled conference room solution (in 2017)
- Google splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet (in 2017)
- Google acquired work chat Pie (in 2016)
- Google Hangouts now allows to make videocalls to those who don't have Google account (in 2015)
- Chat for work Pie gets $1.2M (in 2015)
- GoToMeeting comes to Android smartwatches (in 2014)
- Google Hangouts is available as a standalone Chrome app for Windows and Chromebooks (in 2014)
- Google Hangouts adds voice calls to mobile app (in 2014)
- Hangouts unlinked from Google+, becomes a part of Google Apps For Business (in 2014)

Looks like Google Hangouts was recently more active than GoToMeeting (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which GoToMeeting and Google Hangouts meet head to head:

2014 - Google Hangouts is available as a standalone Chrome app for Windows and Chromebooks to catch up with GoToMeeting


Google Hangouts users can now chat and make calls from their desktops without opening their browser. Google Hangouts is now a Chrome app for Windows and Chrome OS computers. It can be installed on Mac OS X computers that also have Chrome but isn’t yet fully supported. The app provides all of your active chats on the desktop for easy access. More important though is the support for voice calls through the app, right on your computer. And Google Voice users will benefit from the Voice integration with Hangouts, meaning access to voicemail and the ability to send and receive SMS.

2014 - Citrix launched free version of GoToMeeting to stand out over Google Hangouts


GoToMeeting is one of the most popular services for video calls, web-conferencing and webinars. Even though it's not so cheap, companies are willing to pay for it because the quality of communication is really important for online meetings. And now Citrix is launching the free version of the service - GoToMeeting Free, which allows to conduct online meetings with up to three participants. The app is built on the basis of the Chrome browser and it doesn't require registration, download and installation of additional software or browser extensions. You just press the "Start Meeting" button and get the meeting link, which you can send to one or two co-workers. However, this service is purely for video chat. It doesn't provide any web-conferencing collaboration tools which GoToMeetings is famous for.