Top 16 Web Conferencing services
Last updated: January 12, 2020
Web conferencing services allow to organize online meetings with remote locations. These are sometimes referred to as webinars or, for interactive conferences, online workshops. They offer data streams of text-based messages, voice and video chat to be shared simultaneously, across geographically dispersed locations. Applications for web conferencing include meetings, training events, lectures, or short presentations from any computer.
Web conferencing lets you connect with anyone, anywhere, in real time. WebEx combines desktop sharing through a web browser with phone conferencing and video, so everyone sees the same thing while you talk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simple and free screen-sharing tool. Presenter needs to install the screen-sharing agent for Win or Mac. Participants access session via browser with flash-player installed. Built-in chat. Presenter can share mouse control.
Adobe Connect is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars used by leading corporations and government agencies. And it's based on Adobe Flash technology, so you can deliver rich interactions that participants can join easily.
Jitsi is an audio/video Internet phone and instant messenger written in Java. It supports some of the most popular instant messaging and telephony protocols such as SIP, Jabber/XMPP (and hence Facebook and Google Talk), AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger.
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.
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.
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Mikogo is an easy-to-use cross-platform desktop sharing tool, ideal for web conferencing, online meetings or remote support.
Real-time meetings by Google. Using your browser, share your video, desktop, and presentations with teammates and customers.
Zoho Meeting empowers you with remote support, online meeting, and web conferencing features to host instant meetings or web meetings for your audience.
Beamyourscreen is a simple web-based screen-sharing solution that works like Glance, HostPresentation or PCvisit. You provide a standard URL and a code number to your attendees and once they log in at that web page they can immediately see your screen. Beamyourscreen supports up to 20 guests per session, who need not to install any software or plug-in. Beamyourscreen also uses proprietary encryption to protect all data transfers. $59/month.
Yugma provides Free, P Series and Enterprise web conferencing solutions to individuals, small businesses, and large enterprises regardless of operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux) or location. Yugma web conferencing is affordable, eco-friendly and easy to use.
Audio and web conferencing services that empower customers to conduct web seminars, hold training sessions, work remotely and more.
Latest news about Web Conferencing services
2019. Skype launched screen sharing on iOS and Android
Skype announced on Tuesday that its mobile screen sharing feature now allows both iOS and Android users to share their phone’s screen while on a call. The feature could be used for work-related purposes, as Microsoft has suggested in the past — like sharing a PowerPoint presentation. More practically, it could be used to give remote tech help. To access the option, Skype users will tap the newly added “…” (more) menu in the app. This is where you’ll find other recently launched features, as well, including call recording and subtitles. Also new in this release of Skype for mobile is a redesigned calling screen that now lets you dismiss the call controls with one tap. A second tap dismisses all the controls to make the video call itself the focus. And another tap brings all the controls back.
2019. Zoho Meeting adds registration moderation, Screen Sharing for meetings
Zoho Meeting adds new features for webinars. Participants in a meeting can now share screens whenever they want (after presenter’s approval). Registration moderation lets you filter webinar registrants and allow only the leads you choose to attend your webinar. Identifying the right leads for your webinar starts with your registration form. Besides you can now watch webinar and meeting recordings in HD quality, share them with your leads and colleagues, and download them for offline viewing. With paid subscriptions to Zoho Meeting, you can store 10 meeting recordings and 25 webinar recordings (per user) on the cloud.
2018. Webex Teams gets BroadCloud Calling integration
Webex Teams, a service for continuous teamwork with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing and white boarding, has added cloud calling via the integration with enterprise-grade cloud-based PBX phone system BroadCloud Calling. The addition of calling to Webex Teams’ content sharing and messaging capabilities makes it a “single UC (unified communications) application, which was the original vision of UC. Webex Teams was launched earlier this year when Cisco merged its two collaboration platforms – Webex and Spark – into a single platform.
2018. Zoho Meeting adds moderator controls
Online meetings software Zoho Meeting is introducing Moderator Controls. Now presenter can lock meetings to minimize interruptions when a useful discussion is underway. Once locked, no one can join. Also you can give anyone a chance to share their screen and illustrate their point using the Switch presenter feature. Participants can share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, or any other application, via screen sharing. Mute individuals or all participants to cancel background noise that might be interfering with your session. If someone inadvertantly joins or is no longer connected to the topic of discussion, just remove them and move on.
2018. Zoho Meeting adds webinars
Zoho Meeting now lets you schedule and broadcast engaging online webinars. Apart from sharing your webinar registration link in posts and emails, you can embed the link on your website and blogs that get the most traffic. Meeting, attendees can join your session straight from their browser, in a single click. You can share presentations, multiple screens and applications with your attendees, record and share your webinar, engage your audience with polls and Q&A, view analytics and export reports.
2018. Cisco morphed 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.
2018. Cisco acquired Accompany to add AI to Webex
Cisco has agreed to acquire startup Accompany, which uses artificial intelligence to build databases of people and relationships at companies. It's like a personal assistant, giving executives the context they need before conversations and meetings. Cisco plans to incorporate Accompany technology into its collaboration products, for example by introducing company and individual profiles into Webex meetings. Cisco says it will pay $270 million in cash and stock in the deal.
2018. Cisco Spark & Webex combine into single collaboration platform
Cisco has unified its two, largely separate, collaboration packages – Spark and WebEx – into a single platform that supports a single set of features. The move makes sense because Cisco had been developing the somewhat similar packages separately, and there was some confusion about that in the market and sales channels. No more. Webex Teams combines collaboration features in Cisco Spark and WebEx such as whiteboarding, persistent messaging, roster, meeting controls, content sharing and so on. Before, the Cisco Spark management tool – Control Hub – provided some basic analytics for Cisco Spark. WebEx customers used a different tool – Site Admin – with a separate set of analytics capabilities. Now the Control Hub supports customers using both WebEx Meetings and WebEx Teams, and provides analytics functions for WebEx
2017. Zoho Meeting gets iOS app
With the new Zoho Meeting iOS app you can have meetings with coworkers as well as host webinars, deliver demos, and provide user education for customers. Powered by iOS 11, the Zoho Meeting app enables you to share your phone’s screen with your audience, whether they’re customers or coworkers. This is useful not only for live demos and hosting webinars, but also for making presentations more contextual and interactive. Neither you nor your collaborators need to create an account or sign in to participate. If you have the app installed, you’re all ready to join a meeting or host one yourself.
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.
2015. LogMeIn acquired whiteboard app Zamurai
LogMeIn has bought a popular whiteboard app for the iPad - Zamurai to build out the features of its online collaboration and meeting app join.me. The app, which had won several distinctions in the productivity app category, appears to still be live in the app store, but it looks like that may not be the case for long: LogMeIn says that in the future the Zamurai name will go away and the technology, which has now been integrated into new versions of join.me’s apps for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, will now be offered exclusively through join.me. The current Zamurai users will be offered a migration path with the product completely folded into join.me. In addition to whiteboarding, Zamurai was working on other technologies for real-time visual collaboration, and with the team all coming on to LogMeIn, it could point to further enhancements for join.me down the line.
2015. Fuze acquired online team collaboration platform LiveMinutes
Web Conferencing company Fuze has qauired LiveMinutes, the online team collaboration platform. In LiveMinutes co-workers could set up workspaces where they could share files, including Office documents, PDFs, PSDs and more, as well as make conference calls over the web or Skype. With this addition, Fuze is no longer focused only on online meetings, but is now also rolling out a new product called Fuze Spaces which allows colleagues to chat, share and comment on files, organize projects, and more via a web-based dashboard. Fuze also announced today it had closed on $20 million in new funding to continue to expand its business. The company positions itself as a more modern alternative to services like WebEx and GoToMeeting with its voice and HD video conferencing solution aimed at helping distributed teams connect, share content and share screens via the cloud.
2014. GoToMeeting comes to Android smartwatches
Videoconferencing app GoToMeeting added support for Android Wear smartwatches. The new app is already available on Google Play and works with Android Wear watches including the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, and LG G Watch. With this GoToMeeting app, the watch is a second (or third) screen, offering only simple playback control. Citrix doesn’t expect users to conduct business from their wrist, but rather use their phone or computer for more important tasks than joining bi-daily sales calls.
2014. Adobe Connect 9.3 improves screen sharing and whiteboard
Adobe has released the latest version of its web conference platform Adobe Connect 9.3 including enhancements in screen sharing, its virtual whiteboard, social media integration and compatablity with Salesforce.com and Microsoft Lync 2013. Screen sharing. Adobe Connect 9.3 includes a new screen sharing control panel that enables users to preview what’s being shared, control the video and the audio in the meeting, manage participants, interact with chat and respond to any notifications. New tools such as new pen and pencil tools join Adobe's marker and highlighter. The update also includes a brand new color picker and the ability to arrange layers. Customers can also use their virtual whiteboard just like they would a classroom one. Recording notes on the whiteboard simulates the in-classroom experience.
2014. Firefox 29 - the most important update in the history
That's what Mozilla executive says about the new Firefox version. However, this update can be briefly described as: "Firefox has become very similar to Google Chrome". Menus, toolbars and tabs now occupy less space and menu migrated to the same place where it's located in Chrome. And it has become faster - just like Chrome. Indeed, this is the fastest Firefox ever. And the safest (as Mozilla says). In addition, the developers link a new online service to the browser - Firefox Accounts. It allows to sync bookmarks, browsing history and passwords between user computers and mobile devices. Also we note the appearance of WebRTC support - it's a standard for video chat in the browser without plugins.
2014. Zoho and Google suggest to use Check-In instead of Log-In
Phones have been already used for secure authentication in business applications for some time. However, in general - their role is only to receive SMS with a verification code. However, users still have to remember their passwords, and it's not very convenient. So, companies like Zoho are ready to fix it. The new mobile Zoho People app (it's a talent management software) allows to Chek-In office by pressing a button on the phone screen. Of course, you first need to set the coordinates of your office in the system, and then phone (using geopositioning) will be able to determine if an employee is actually in the office. Thus not only the system tracks working time, but also authenticates user. Google decided to make authentication even easier - without pressing buttons. Blog AndroidPolice found out that soon Google Chromebooks will be able to automatically unlock when your Android smartphone is near.
2014. Quote Roller integrates with Salesforce
Quote Roller, which offers cloud-based software to easily create sales proposals, is announcing integration with Salesforce. Once installed the app adds “Create a quote” button to Salesforce opportunities. Quote Roller then guides users through four simple steps to create a proposal. In addition, proposals can be finalised within Salesforce, including using Quote Roller’s analytics and digital-signature features, without leaving the app. The software tracks when proposals are opened and how much time clients spend on each section of a proposal. Better still, proposals created by Quote Roller can be accepted and signed online, which is evidently where things are sped up. To that end, Quote Roller already integrates with a plethora of other cloud applications, including Xero, NimbleCRM, Freshbooks, GoogleApps, Box, and others.
2014. Microsoft showed Windows for cars
Touchscreen on the car dashboard - is another gadget (important for businessmen and executives) that IT giants will now fight for. Earlier this year, Google signed the agreement with Audi, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai, to embed Android OS in their car dashboards. Then Apple announced the solution that integrates iPhone with car dashboard, dubbed CarPlay. And yesterday Microsoft joined this party - unveiled the prototype of smart dashboard system - Windows in the car. Like Apple's Carplay, Windows in the car - is not a separate operating system for the dashboard. The brain of this system is driver's phone (Windows Phone), which connects to the dashboard and uses it's screen. In addition to displaying the navigator maps, radio and music controls, air conditioning settings, this dashboard computer can become a communications center for receiving and making phone calls, organizer and (why not?) tool for accessing business information and business management.
2014. Don't Panic! Microsoft discontinues Windows XP
Today, Microsoft officially ends support for the working horse - Windows XP. The news that they will release an upgrade to XP - was really an April Fool's joke. So what will happen now? First of all, don't panic! Your XP computers won't stop working tomorrow. Just they will no longer receive security patches. Experience shows that most office workers either don't receive these updates, or know how to defend themselves with the help of antivirus and common sense, or let viruses eat their computer independently of these updates. So maybe you do not need to change anything. But if your company is serious about the security, you have two options: upgrade to Windows 8 or alternative operating systems (for example , Google's ChromeOS). Windows 8 costs about $100, but experience shows that the main problem of Win8 is not the price, but the fact that users can't sort it out. The fact is that Microsoft was so keen transform Windows interface for touch-friendly tablets that computer users with a keyboard and mouse now feel themselves forgotten. The main problem was the absence of the familiar Start button. That's why now Microsoft is rolling back the revolutionary features. In the first update (Windows 8.1) they let users to boot the system with a familiar desktop, icons and Start button. However, this button doesn't work the way users are accustomed to - it just turns on the Metro touchscreen desktop. However, in one of the following updates Microsoft promises to return to normal Start button. They already showed the screenshot last week:
2014. Top 10 Software developers 2014
Analytical company Gartner has published the rating of the largest software companies based on last year revenues. Microsoft that earned $65.7 billion last year (mostly selling Windows and Office) is still the biggest software vendor in the world. Oracle muscled past IBM to claim the number two spot. These two companies provide the full stack of enterprise software. SAP, which is selling mostly ERP software - is on the 4th place. For the first time this Top-10 includes SaaS vendor, and of course it's CRM-giant Salesforce ($3.8 billion). And Salesforce showed the highest growth rate among all the leaders (33%). Salesforce.com has already fired a salvo at SAP today when Keith Block, its president and vice chairman, told a Boston audience that "we will be passing SAP as the largest enterprise applications company in the world."