Video meeting software
Updated: April 13, 2019
2018. Microsoft Teams gets bokeh and meeting recordings with transcripts
Microsoft adds a number of updates to Microsoft Teams and one of those is a feature that automatically detects faces and blurs the background behind a speaker during video meetings. But the more useful new feature in Teams is intelligent recordings. Teams can now automatically generate captions and provide time-coded transcripts for the replays. This feature is coming to Office 365 commercial customers now. If you want to create live streams and on-demand video for a wider audience inside your company, Teams is also getting that capability next month, together with Microsoft Stream and Yammer (which seems to be lingering in the shadow of Teams these days).
2018. Skype 8.0 adds HD video, encryption & call recording
Microsoft today is launching Skype 8.0 version for desktop that adds support of HD (1080px video) video calls which can include up to 24 people, as well as the Twitter-inspired @mentions. Later this summer it will also get end-to-end encryption for Skype audio calls, text messages, and shared files like images, audio and video. The calls will be secured by the industry standard Signal Protocol. Messages and notifications in these conversations will also be hidden in the chat list to keep the communication private. Besodes, Skype is adding built-in call recording. The calls will be recorded in the cloud and everyone in the call will be notified the call is being recorded, for privacy’s sake and for legal reasons.
2018. GoToMeeting adds AI transcription, Amazon Alexa integration
LogMeIn has updated its GoToMeeting video and audio conference platform with new features that include a text chat function, AI transcription service and integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The Business Messaging feature lets employees chat one-to-one or in groups with each other or with external clients using the new GoToMeeting desktop application or a standalone mobile app. Users can jump from a message thread directly into a video or audio conference with one click. The Smart Meeting Assistant transcribes meeting audio, storing the text in the cloud for subsequent sharing. This means that meeting attendees won’t need to worry about taking notes and can focus on discussions with colleagues.
2018. Google starts migrating all G Suite users from Hangouts to Meet
Google announced that it starts moving all of its G Suite users from its Hangouts video chat service to Hangouts Meet, the more enterprise-ready version of Hangouts. The move will likely take about a month or so. This means all newly created Calendar invites will now link to Meet video meetings, though Google stresses that all previously created meetings won’t be affected by this. Google expects that Meet will have full parity with Hangouts, including support for these browsers, and, at that time, Meet will become the default for these stragglers, too.
2018. Cisco morphs Spark into Webex
Cisco announced that its Spark team messaging app will be rebranded and rolled into its Webex platform.The move follows a decision to ditch the Cisco Spark brand, which will become Webex Teams. The app will include all of Spark’s collaboration features, including persistent messaging, whiteboarding, simple guest access and content sharing. Cisco also launched a new Webex Meetings videoconferencing app, which will replace Spark’s meeting app. Spark video meetings had previously operated independently from Webex, hosted in the public cloud rather on Webex data centers. As a result of the changes, both Webex Meetings and Webex Teams will run on the Webex infrastructure backbone.
2017. Video conferencing service Zoom raised $100 million
Zoom, the cloud video conferencing service, announced a $100 million Series D round and now boasts a $1 billion valuation. The company also announced a significant update to the product that includes the ability for customers and third parties to build applications on top of the Zoom platform. Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. Its solution offers high quality video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.
2014. Google created Hangouts video chat plug-in for Outlook
Some Google Apps users instead of native email solution - GMail are using desktop version of MS Outlook. And so far they didn't have the ability to chat and make video calls (like GMail users). Of course, there is an integration of Outlook and Microsoft Lync, but companies that are using Google Apps hardly deploy Microsoft Lync. So Google decided to fix this problem and released Google Hangouts plugin for MS Outlook. It allows to easily make video calls to Outlook contacts, organize group videoconefernce calls with up to 10 people and schedule video meetings in Outlook's Calendar. Recall recently Microsoft rolled out Skype integration for Outlook.com, but it works only with the online version of Outlook.
2012. Meetings.io - Notepad for video meetings
There is an opinion that one of the most successful and useful computer applications is Notepad. It is perfectly simple, perfectly fast and can solve a lot of tasks - from the development of web pages to business plan creation. If apply the philosophy of Notepad to videoconferencing, you'll come to something like Meetings.io. Though there are a lot of good solutions for videoconferencing now, and some of them are even free (like Webex, Google Hangouts, ooVoo). But before using these tools you need to install software on your computer or at least create an account. In Meetings.io you don't need to do it. You just open the site, click Start, send the link to collaborators and voila! Of course, inside the virtual room it doesn't have all these bells and whistles like in Webex or Google Hangouts, but it has a notepad (!), in which you can put the notes during the video conversation. For free you can organize meetings with up to 5 participants. In the future, the creators are planning to add a paid version for a larger number of participants and with additional features. Meetings.io also features the modern-style interface - video streams are displayed in the format of smartphone screen, making it ideal video meeting involving mobile users.