Best Tools for Video Conferencing while Working from Home.
As we all know that the Indian government has imposed a lockdown in the country, almost all the companies and businesses have been closed and he employees have been suggested to work from home. One can work from home but what about the meetings and discussions? Thankfully, there are a number of apps that help you stay connected with your colleagues and arrange meetings through video conferencing while at home.
1. Google Hangouts Meet
Hangouts Meet is an app by Google and it supports popular platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. One good thing about the app is it doesn’t require any additional software to be downloaded on your computer. All you need to do is create a meeting and share the unique link with the ones who wish to join as it supports a large number of participants.
2. Zoom Meetings
Zoom meetings is another simple way of staying connected through your desktop or mobile devices. It is a go-to tool for video conferencing as it offers HD video and audio calls. It allows 49 active videos on a single screen and also supports 1000 participants at one time.
Other than video calling, this app allows you to share files, 10-year message archives, and automated scheduling via popular email clients. Zoom Meetings is available for free but paid versions of the same are also available with more enhanced features.
BlueJeans offers three different pricing and versions, you can choose out of the three as which one suits you and your company. Depending on the version of the app, it can support up to 150 participants on a single call. The app is available on desktop as well as on iOS and Android devices. Some of the features it includes are saving recordings on the cloud, calendar support, file and screen sharing, and Dolby-grade video quality. You can use the 30 days free trial of the app first and then decide if it works for you.
Skype is one of the most used apps when it comes to video calling to colleagues and family as it offers various services in its free trial. Skype is a tool owned by Microsoft and is also web-based.
The free version of Skype offers video calling 50 participants at a time. Some of its notable features include screen sharing, the ability to blur backgrounds, live subtitles, and recording chats. One can opt for the paid ‘Skype for Business’, if one needs support for more participants and stronger security features.