Top 16 Videoconferencing software
Last updated: November 01, 2020
Videoconferencing solutions enable online meetings and face-to-face collaboration and provide the ability to record conferences, support for large numbers of people and high-definition video.
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.
Cisco Webex is your one place to call, message, meet. Build stronger relationships with face-to-face meetings and real-time collaboration using whiteboarding, screen sharing and more. Showcase the best you with video conferencing that is simple but powerful.
Get messaging, audio and video calls, online meetings, and sharing all in one app. Meet with up to 250 people – even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or Internet connection. See contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps.
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.
(Formerly Google Hangouts) Video meetings for your business. Connect with your team from anywhere. With easy-to-join video calls, you can meet face to face without the added cost of travel.
With our cloud-based video collaboration service, you can forget about needing any additional hardware or software. Simply combine a Blue Jeans account with a video-enabled device and Internet access, and you have a quick and easy formula for effortless video conferencing
No other HD video conferencing solution makes the conference room experience so easy and accessible. Our solution connects our incredible Icon video systems to our remarkably simple-to-use Lifesize Cloud service—putting everyone one call away from pulling up a chair at the meeting.
Fuze is the Leader in Enterprise Global Voice, Video, Messaging, and Collaboration. Fuze is a cloud-based visual collaboration and personal telepresence service that enables the mobile enterprise to share ANY content, from ANY device, ANYwhere in the world.
The Vidyo portfolio includes everything you need to deploy HD video collaboration to everyone in your organization, from core infrastructure to solutions that video-enable any device or application. Vidyo works the way you do. It runs on the devices you’re using now from smart phones to tablets, desktops to video room systems, bringing HD-quality video and content to every participant.
Cloud-based video conferencing service offers the majority of TrueConf Server features without the need to install a dedicated video conferencing server. To start using your TrueConf Online service, all you need is a webcam, a microphone or headset, and Internet access. Designed for group video conferencing in private networks at any level of complexity, TrueConf Server guarantees secure, reliable corporate communication. TrueConf Server is easy to deploy, scale and integrate with LDAP, corporate PBX or SIP video conferencing endpoints.
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Multi-platform open-source video conferencing. Whether you want to build your own massively multi-user video conference client, or use ours, all our tools are 100% free, open source, and WebRTC compatible.
Amazon Chime is a secure, real-time, unified communications service that transforms meetings by making them more efficient and easier to conduct. The service delivers high-quality audio and video through an application that is easy to use and stays in sync across all of your devices. With Amazon Chime, meetings start on time, and a visual roster makes them easy to manage.
Collaborate anywhere, anytime, with anyone using Polycom video, voice, and content-sharing solutions. One-touch ease; audio and video with crystal-clear quality; enterprise-grade security, reliability and scalability. Polycom solutions give you the flexibility to meet and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers in any environment―immersive theater, conference room, work office, home office, or on-the-go. Wherever you are, wherever you go.
Zoho Meeting empowers you with remote support, online meeting, and web conferencing features to host instant meetings or web meetings for your audience.
Openmeetings is free video conferencing software that allows you to chat via video, to do whiteboarding, to convert documents on the fly, etc. It even allows you to share your desktop.
GlobalMeet platform redefines the way people work by providing the freedom to communicate and collaborate in a whole new way. From conference calls and meetings to online events, GlobalMeet is a business communications platform that helps take you where you need to go. Contact a sales representative today and learn how the GlobalMeet platform can transform your business.
Latest news about Videoconferencing software
2020. Here.fm raises $2.9M to reimagine video chat
Here.fm, a new web-based communication platform, has closed $2.9M seed round. In contrast too Zoom, it provides a fully customizable room with video chat built on top of it, giving users the ability to decorate their room with virtual items, gifs, backgrounds, notes, pictures, etc. And, of course, these users can also customize their own video chat window and those of others, arranging them in the room in the size and shape that they prefer. As with any other video chat software, users can also share their screen. Competition in this space is heating up. Mmhmm offers similar tools to customize the video chat room, but focuses more on presenting than hanging out. Macro is a tool that sits on top of a Zoom call to help ensure meetings are productive and efficient. And then there are the dozens (if not more) of startups that sprung to action at the onset of the pandemic to build out the next-generation of video chat.
2020. Kudo raises $6M for its real-time translation and video conference platform
SaaS is hot in 2020. Tooling that helps facilitate remote work is hot in 2020. And we all know that anything related to video chatting in particular is on fire this year. So, it's not surprising that Kudo, the service that provides video chatting and conferencing tool with built-in support for translators and multiple audio streams, has raised $6 million. KUDO streams real-time interpretation to your web meetings and live conferences, so everyone can speak in their mother tongue. Kudo is SaaS with an optional services component, though given the lower margins inherent to services over software.
2020. Huddl.ai wants to bring more intelligence to online meetings
Huddl.ai is a startup that wants to bring a dose of artificial intelligence to online meeting technology. It uses AI tools to transcribe the meeting, pull out the salient points and help users understand what happened without poring over notes to find the key information in a long session. While current solutions (Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams) simply give you a link to a cloud room and everyone involved clicks and enters. Huddl wants to bring some more structure to that whole process.
2020. Macro raises $4.3M to make your never-ending Zoom calls more useful
Macro is a native app that employs the Zoom SDK to add depth and analysis to your daily work meetings. There are two modes. The first is essentially focused on collaboration, which turns the usual Zoom meeting into a light overlay, where folks are shown in small, circular bubbles at the top of the screen. This mode is to be used when folks are working on the same project, such as a wireframe or a collaborative document. The other mode is an Arena or Stadium mode, which is meant for hands-on meetings and presentations. It has two distinct features. The first is an Airtime feature, which shows how much different participants have ‘had the floor’ for the past five minutes, thirty minutes, or in total during the meeting. The second is a text-input system on the right side of the UI that lets people enter Questions, Takeaways, Action Items and Insights from the call.
2020. Zoom announces new Hardware as a Service offering
Zoom announced a new Hardware as a Service offering today that will run on the ServiceNow platform. At the same time, the company announced a deal with ServiceNow to standardize on Zoom and Zoom Phone for its 11,000 employees in another case of SaaS cooperation. For starters, the new Hardware as a Service offering allows customers, who use the Zoom Phone and Zoom Rooms software, to acquire related hardware from the company for a fixed monthly cost. The company announced that initial solutions providers will include DTEN, Neat, Poly and Yealink.
2020. Google Meet takes on Zoom by going completely free for everyone
Google announced that Google Meet, its premium videoconferencing software, is going free for everyone. Previously, Meet was only available as a part of Google's G Suite business-oriented service package, which starts at $6 per month per person, but now it will be free to anyone with a Google account. Availability will be gradually expanded in the "following weeks," as Google wants to make sure the experience stays secure and reliable. Meetings on the free version of Meet will be restricted to 60 minutes – though Google says it won't enforce the time limit until after Sept. 30. For comparison, some Zoom video calls on the free version of the software are limited to 40 minutes. There are other limitations, too: The free version only supports 100 participants versus 250 for the paid version, and recording and saving calls is only available on the paid version.
2020. Google Meet adds Zoom-style gallery view
Google is adding a Zoom-style gallery view to one of its video-chat products - Google Meet. Importantly, the service is not free to everyone with a Google account like Hangouts. Rather, it is a paid enterprise service primarily aimed at businesses. The least expensive G Suite tier that gets you access to Google Meet costs $6 per month, per user. The "most popular" version costs $12 per month, per person. In other words, you're paying a premium for a feature that competitors like Zoom offer for free.
2020. Verizon is buying B2B videoconferencing firm BlueJeans
US carrier Verizon has splashed out to buy veteran B2B videoconferencing platform, BlueJeans Network for less than $500 million. Videoconferencing platform Blue Jeans has raised ~$175M since being founded around a decade ago. The acquisition comes at a time when videoconferencing is seeing a massive uptick in usage as white collar workers around the world log on to meetings from home during the coronavirus pandemic.Although it’s BlueJeans’ rival, Zoom, that’s been the most high profile name linked to the viral videoconferencing boom in recent weeks.
2020. Google is rebranding Hangouts services
Google has officially removed the Hangouts brand from its enterprise G Suite offering with the rebranding of Hangouts Chat as Google Chat and Hangouts Meet as Google Meet. As for the Hangouts brand, it will continue to live on as the name of the consumer chat app that Google spun out of its shutdown social network Google+ back in 2013 as a spiritual successor to Gchat.
2020. Skype has a Zoom-like video call function called 'Meet Now'
Skype kindly reminded the world of its existence with a tweet. It turns out that Skype actually has a video chat Zoom-like functionality called Meet Now that doesn't require having a Skype account or the app. Skype Meet Now lets you generate a meeting URL that you can send to participants. It's easy to use in the web-based client but if you select the option of opening the Skype app, the meeting wouldn't open. Which brings us to why Skype appears to have missed the boat on the video calling boom.
2019. GoToMeeting improved AI-transcription in videoconferencing software
LogMeIn announced the new version of GoToMeeting, that focuses on delivering a simple, intuitive end-user experience, while giving IT even more control over deployment, management, and security. In this new release, GoToMeeting has launched a series of updates to improve the ease of the collaboration platform for IT and users before, during and after the meeting: completely reimagined video-first design (unified on all devices), unparalleled quality audio, real-time notes, AI-powered transcription. Hosts can now create multiple personal meeting rooms with custom branding for teams to jump in and collaborate instantly at any time. GoToMeeting has also updated its popular calendar plugins and integrations with Office 365 and Outlook, GSuite Calendar, Salesforce, and more and continues to support integrations with tools like Slack and Zoho.
2018. Google Meet gets voice commands support
Google is enhancing its videoconferencing system Google Meet with voice commands. This will allow users to say, “Hey Google, start the meeting.” And this is just a starting point. They promise to be adding additional commands over time. They will be adding this functionality later this year. Just last Fall, the company launched the Hangouts Meet hardware program, which provided a way for Meet customers to launch meetings using Google or other hardware such as the traditional Cisco or Polycom hardware found in many conference rooms. Google reports that customers have set up thousands of these Hangouts Meet-enabled meeting rooms. By providing some simple commands to set up the meeting, invite participants, join a meeting and so forth using your voice, it can greatly simplify the sometimes complicated activity of meeting administration, which even after all these years often seems unnecessarily complicated and frustrating for many people.
2018. Google Meet integrates with Polycom and Cisco hardware
Google Meet, the new video conferencing solution for businesses, gets support of videoconferencing equipment from the likes of Polycom and Cisco. Any user on those systems will now be able to join a Hangouts Meet video call. These integrations will go live in the coming weeks. Google built this project in partnership with Pexip, a company that specializes in making meeting platform interoperable. Pexip’s specialty is Skype for Business, but for this product, the company is clearly branching out and adding support for Hangouts Meet, too.
2018. Polycom launched Cloud Services for Enterprise
Polycom is expanding its cloud capabilities for enterprises with Polycom Cloud Services. It's a unified cloud solution that initially is focusing on giving enterprises the tools to easily provision and manage the myriad voice and video endpoints that are in conference rooms around the world. The vendor’s Polycom Device Management Services (PDMS) is aimed at enabling enterprises to manage those devices, measure their performance and troubleshoot any issues that arise. With the service, customers are able to provision, update and secure tens of thousands of desk and conference room phones. PDMS initially will be available for audio systems, but Polycom officials expect to expand its support to video conferencing devices by the end of the year.
2017. Google Hangouts Meet provides new $1,999 hardware kit
Hangouts Meet, Google’s service for running video and audio meetings, is getting a few new hardware kit that includes a touchscreen controller, speaker microphone, 4K camera and an ASUS Chromebox to control it all. For a while now, Google has sold numerous meeting kits based around the Acer and ASUS Chromeboxes at prices that range from $999 to $1,999. That was before the Hangouts Meet and Chat schism, though (which is still confusing), and this new kit is specifically geared toward Hangouts Meet and G Suite Enterprise edition customers. It’s also the first set to feature this new touchscreen controller (though that, too, isn’t the first touchscreen specifically geared toward Hangouts meetings). That touchscreen, Google tells me, is a 10-inch MIMO Vue capacitive display with HDMI capture. These screens typically retail for about $499 outside of this kit.
2017. GoToMeeting unveiled conference room solution
GoToMeeting launched GoToConference - all-in-one hardware system that lets you set up a small to mid-sized conference room to be ready to join and host meetings in an instant. More affordable and less difficult than alternatives, GoToConference brings high-quality video and audio to your meetings rooms. The devices work together seamlessly, so an IT or AV tech can set up a video conferencing hub in minutes. Connect the devices to a screen, turn them on and call it a day. The GoToConference bundle comes with the hardware and software you need to set up a huddle room in minutes. It’s easy to start a meeting or invite others to join − just click Start or enter a meeting ID. GoToConference includes: USB conference phone, 1080p HD Logitech webcam, Chromebox computer, wireless keyboard and touchpad, GoToConference subscription.
2016. Mitel acquired Polycom for $1.96B
Canadian enterprise communications provider Mitel announced that it would acquire Polycom in a cash-and-stock deal with a total value of $1.96 billion. Polycom will continue to keep its branding. Both companies compete against the likes of Cisco and Avaya. Mitel is perhaps best known for its IP telephony solutions, including PBX systems, while Polycom is a leader in conferencing services. They also cover SIP technology, and customers span 82% of Fortune 500 companies. The deal is one of the bigger in enterprise collaboration and communication collaboration in recent times.
2015. Cisco to acquire video conferencing provider Acano
Cisco announced that it will buy video conferencing service Acano for $700 million. Cisco already offers that same kind of service - WebEx (that it acquired in 2007 for $3.2 billion). In addition, they launched a more modern alternative to WebEx they called Project Squared, last year. But Acano is offering much more sophisticated than what Cisco has been providing and really fills out its video portfolio. Acano will enhance the company’s ability to make connections in a heterogeneous environment. In other words, it helps make video conferencing work, even when there are multiple vendor tools involved — and across multiple devices from mobile to a big screen in the board room. “Acano’s portfolio includes video and audio bridging technology and gateways to enable customers to connect different collaboration solutions from disparate vendors across cloud and hybrid environments.
2014. Cisco and Google unite against Microsoft on the Unified Communications market
Cisco competes with Microsoft's Lync on the unified communications market. Google competes with Microsoft on the operating system market. The conclusion - Cisco and Google should be friends. And they make friends. A few days ago the companies ported Cisco Unified Communications systems and Cisco Webex on Google Chromebooks. Thus, large companies now have one more reason to upgrade their Windows XP licenses (in April) to free ChromeOS, but not to paid Windows 8. In addition, Google and Cisco realized integration between Cisco communication systems and Google Apps suite. In particular from now you can plan online Webex and Cisco UC meetings in Google Calendar, start voice and video calls directly from GMail and Google Contacts.