For those who are working from home due to the coronavirus emergency, there are a number of applications that allow you to hold online meetings from virtually any computer or mobile device. Best of all, there is no need to spend a fortune: these platforms meet the needs and budgets of any type of user or company. Without further ado, we present you some of the best apps to make video calls.
This platform is one of the most flexible at the moment, since participants do not need to register to be part of a videoconference or virtual meeting, in addition to being able to follow it through their computer or mobile devices.
Although it has various payment plans, its free modality is also very complete, since it allows up to 100 participants and unlimited meetings per day, but with a maximum duration of 40 minutes each, among other alternatives. Plus, your screen sharing option is ideal for business meetings.
This Google service, known in the past as Hangouts Meet, is the perfect complement for work teams or families, so that they can easily meet from a distance. Although it was originally reserved for those who used the G-Suite, since May 2020 it began to be delivered free of charge to any user with a Gmail account.
The application allows you to join video calls with a simple link or through your cell phone (iOS and Android) with the press of a button; Encrypted audio and video transmissions for those who are concerned about their privacy. In April 2020, it also incorporated mosaic design with a maximum of 16 participants, among other characteristics.
The platform provides various conference services on-line directly to companies, however, it also has a complete free plan, which allows up to 100 participants in meetings of up to 40 minutes (those that only involve two people are unlimited).
Chats, annotations and whiteboards are some of the specifications that all the plans share. In addition, the modalities integrate with Outlook to have everything scheduled. RingCentral Meetings is a path for the quick transition to work from home or remotely.
If your team is small and everyone is a user of Apple products, the most immediate tool for you is Group FaceTime, in which up to 32 people can participate through their iPhone, iPad or Mac.
The Californian company ensures that video calls are encrypted from end to end, to ensure the privacy of the participants, and it is only necessary to have the support of iOS 12.1.4 or iPadOS on the computers.
It is an easy-to-use, adaptive and perfect technology for a diverse workforce that needs to communicate for important projects, and it integrates with all types of platforms, including browsers. It allows screen sharing and recording, and the management options are diverse, allowing you to assign actions to reproduce highlights for newcomers.
There is a free trial, however you have to pay to use the service long term; the most basic plan allows up to 50 people and costs $ 10 per month.
If you need to digitally meet with one or two members of your team, you may need to make a video call through WhatsApp (up to four participants), which are also end-to-end encrypted.
This function, that of video calls, is only available for the mobile version of the platform that belongs to Facebook, so you will not be able to make them through WhatsApp Web, at the moment.
If you are challenged to meet with your team or classmates, and present your progress on an important project, Skype is a more than attractive tool, especially due to its easy operation.
“Group video calling allows up to 50 people to meet and collaborate at the same time with ease. With the group shared screen, you can present PowerPoint slides, video recordings and much more to the entire team, ”says the service belonging to Microsoft.
Also with a simple and easy-to-learn interface for newcomers, both its mobile and desktop versions work together seamlessly. The platform also integrates with applications such as Outlook, Gmail, Slack and Microsoft Teams, making it ideal for teams with different productivity features.
Like other services of its kind, it has a free modality, limited to four web participants. Your basic payment plan allows up to 10 participants and a complete feature package.
All the power of Microsoft’s packaging, from editing Word documents to PowerPoint presentations, and various interactive tools, such as group chats and video calls with dozens or hundreds of participants, are some of the features of Teams.
In fact, the company defines these tools as the hub for Office 365 teamwork. It is available for the desktop (Windows) and for the cell phone (iOS and Android).
It is another intuitive solution that has a tool called Lifesize Go, which allows you to have a meeting with up to eight people on your computer or cell phone without the need to download any program. Your other free option is on a more traditional level because it allows up to 25 participants with unlimited meetings, albeit without chat. Payment methods add features such as chats, more administration functions and better security.
The platform stands out for its excellent administration and management options for businesses that need to make it as easy as possible for workers to join and get recordings. It is possible to link to conferences in the email and create reminders so that the team has all the details, in addition to having specifications such as screen sharing and internal chat.
Gruveo is the easiest #video conferencing solution for everyone. All you need is a Gruveo link. No installs, downloads and the typical hassle in video calling for your callers and customers. https://t.co/7v2k3hhLq6
– Gruveo (@Gruveo) August 22, 2019
This platform wants you to start a video call with a client without complications, as easy as when you open the link of a website to consult information of your interest.
Who receives the call, does not need to have a registration or install an application to answer it from their preferred device. “Thanks to the WebRTC technology incorporated in the latest versions of the browsers, Gruveo’s video and voice calls are prepared to work directly,” says the company.
On some Android phones, this platform is already installed by default, so you can quickly make group calls with up to eight of your contacts or colleagues.
Like most of Google’s products, this one is distinguished by not being complicated at all, in addition to “your calls will be encrypted, which means that they will be private for you and the person you call,” says the Californian firm.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 25, 2020