16 Video Conferencing Platforms Keeping Us Connected While Apart

These video conferencing platforms are enabling teams to maintain communication in remote work environments.

Written by Sunny Betz
16 Video Conferencing Platforms Keeping Us Connected While Apart
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Matthew Urwin | Jan 09, 2023

Thanks to video conferencing platforms, it’s possible to work remotely without sacrificing team camaraderie or effective collaboration.

In the past few years, video conferencing technology has made tremendous strides and has become an indispensable tool for facilitating employee productivity, client communication and other business operations. And most video conferencing software solutions come with integrated features like real time chat, transcription and screen sharing, with the goal of centralizing enterprise communications and helping businesses become more efficient. 

To get the lay of the land, take a look at these 16 video conferencing platforms proving that distance doesn’t have to prevent your team from achieving success.

Video Conferencing Software Tools to Know

  • Zoom Video Communications
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Google Meet
  • Skype
  • Webex Meetings
  • 8x8
  • RingCentral
  • UberConference
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Lifesize

 

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16 Video Conferencing Platforms

1. Zoom Video Communications 

Zoom is one of the more popular video conferencing software platforms on the market with its free tiers and accessibility attracting users looking for a simpler and affordable option. Zoom makes it possible for users to host large meetings with up to 1,000 meeting participants, and offers additional tools and features like text chatting, transcription and video recording.

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: Free (basic plan) 

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: 40 minutes

 

2. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams meets the needs of a broad range of individual and enterprise users, enabling everything from one-on-one calls to 10,000-people webinars. The platform offers all the capabilities of the Microsoft 365 Suite, making it possible for users to join calls from nearly any location without having to download an external app.

Location: Redmond, Washington

Cost: Free

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: 60 minutes

 

3. Google Meet

Google’s broad suite of connectivity products includes Google Meet, the company’s video conferencing product designed mainly for use by companies and enterprises. Google Meet requires no external software applications and makes it possible for participants to attend events and meetings from their phones via a dial-in number.

Location: Mountain View, California

Cost: Free (with Google account)

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: 60 minutes

 

4. Skype

Acquired by Microsoft in 2011, Skype offers video conferencing options for both enterprise use and personal communication, offering pay-as-you-go and monthly subscription payment options. Skype’s personal communication option can support video calls for groups of up to 50 people, but the company also offers an enterprise platform upgrade that can host up to 250 participants.

Location: Redmond, Washington

Cost: Free

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: 24 hours

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5. Webex Meetings

Cisco’s Webex Meetings offers free, high-capacity video conferencing options capable of hosting up to 100 attendees. Available both as a desktop site and an application, Webex Meetings simplifies video conferencing and offers a broad array of features on the free level, but Cisco also offers the option to upgrade to a subscription tier to enjoy features like bigger attendance capacity and longer meeting times. 

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: Free (basic)

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: 40 minutes

 

6. 8x8

In addition to video conferencing software, 8x8 offers voice calling, contact center services, chatbot technology and a variety of other cloud communications products to companies across the globe. The company’s products have been implemented in a broad variety of use cases and have been adopted by organizations in healthcare, education, finance, retail and other sectors.

Location: Campbell, California

Cost: $15 per month (basic)

Audience Size: 500 people 

Time Limit: None

 

7. RingCentral

RingCentral offers video conferencing software that makes it possible for users to integrate outside apps like Slack and Google Suite in order to simplify scheduling meetings through external apps. Offering a range of solutions for small businesses, corporations and other enterprises, RingCentral offers HD video streaming and real-time file sharing to make collaboration effortless.

Location: Belmont, California

Cost: $19.99 per month (essentials plan)

Audience Size: 100 people (standard plan)  

Time Limit: None

 

8. UberConference

UberConference, a video conferencing platform owned by Dialpad, delivers solutions for video streaming, screen sharing, AI transcription and a variety of other enterprise communications needs. UberConference is set up to meet the needs of companies across industries and of all sizes, serving brands like Stripe, WeWork, Asana and HubSpot.

Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: Free 

Audience Size: 10 people 

Time Limit: 45 minutes

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9. GoTo Meeting

GoTo Meeting by LogMeIn offers all the standard features of a video conferencing platform while additionally making it possible for users to join meetings from any device. With an app compatible with both iOS and Android, GoTo Meeting provides a mobile video conferencing service that doesn’t compromise on features, making it possible for up to 150 people to join at the lowest subscription tier.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Cost: $12 per month

Audience Size: 150 participants

Time Limit: None

 

10. Lifesize 

Lifesize offers its clients a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing at little to no cost, with a variety of tiered pricing options for individuals, small businesses and large corporations. Lifesize users enjoy the ability to host for up to 24 hours, making it easier to stage brainstorms, company wide meetings, large livestreams and more.

Location: Austin, Texas

Cost: $12.50 per month

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: 24 hours

 

11. BlueJeans

BlueJeans by Verizon offers secure video conferencing solutions on a low subscription basis, starting at $9.99 a month for the most basic tier with upgrades to higher levels with more capabilities available as well. BlueJeans collaborative technologies have been adopted in the daily operations of some of the biggest names in the tech industry including Facebook, Red Hat, National Geographic and others. 

Location: New York, New York

Cost: $9.99 per month

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: None (five hours if recording)

 

12. Adobe Connect

Under the communications technology umbrella of its parent company AdobeAdobe Connect connects users of all types with instant video conferencing capabilities making it possible to teach classes, lead webinars and host business meetings remotely. Adobe Connect’s design maintains a focus on accessibility and offers advanced control capabilities for hosts so that they can better manage their meetings.

Location: Austin, Texas 

Cost: $50 per month

Audience Size: 25 people 

Time Limit: None

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13. Circuit

Circuit by Unify helps companies centralize their cross-enterprise communications and collaboration, offering its users one app to share files, search for content and host discussions with employees and coworkers. Circuit’s many capabilities include content storage, contextual search and a natural conversation feed to increase the speed and quality of communication.

Location: Reston, Virginia

Cost: $4.19

Audience Size: None

Time Limit: None

 

14. GlobalMeet

Owned and operated by PGiGlobalMeet is an enterprise-grade video conferencing solution that delivers services like webcasting, event curation and virtual events hosting to help improve enterprise productivity. GlobalMeet users can enjoy immediate access to the meetings they want to attend, and event hosts can rely on 24/7 in-meeting tech support to ensure their initiatives run smoothly.

Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

Cost: Contact for more info

Audience Size: 1,000 people (essential plan)

Time Limit: Contact for more info

 

15. TeamViewer

TeamViewer’s biggest focus is on remote connectivity, offering a variety of tech-based collaborative resources ranging from video communications to AR experience design. In addition to video conferencing, the software also makes it easier to share files, print remotely and secure access to digital information. 

Location: Clearwater, Florida

Cost: $38.90 per month (business plan)

Audience Size: 10 people 

Time Limit: None

 

16. Zoho Meeting

Zoho’s software suite caters to sales, marketing, customer service and other business areas. Among its products, the company offers Zoho Meeting for teams looking to simplify collaboration and video conferencing. This tool features advanced security measures, integrates with the rest of the Zoho suite and comes with customer support to address any issues.  

Location: Del Valle, Texas

Cost: Free

Audience Size: 100 people 

Time Limit: 60 minutes

 

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