Alternative for Zoom App

Alternatives to Zoom App

With lot of companies raising red flag on Zoom app over its privacy concerns, there is need to look at alternatives to zoom app. According to Motherboard analysis of the app, it sends information such as when a user opened the app, their timezone, city, and device details to the Facebook even if you don’t have Facebook account.

We have compiled a list of Alternatives to Zoom App that can help you in video conferencing

Cisco Webex Meetings (Free & Paid)

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Cisco is one of the pioneers in Video Conferencing and Cisco Webex Meetings is one such service. They have the back end support and metrics that administrators love and they have the one button to push features that make joining meetings so easy. This solution works for the technical and non-technical and is a great fit for any company or individual. It’s also built to be video first so make sure your users are ready for that because it’s an important feature that if missed or turned off (which you can do) will just make the solution lose so much of its depth.

Skype (Free)

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Skype is well-known and widely used video chat software. And its new Skype Meet Now feature is here to challenge Zoom. Meetings can hold up to 50 users, and users no longer need an account to sign in, just a link.

There is a text chat window, but otherwise, Skype doesn’t have the meeting organization tools that the other Zoom alternatives have. But it’s free and can be used on the web, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. 

Download Skype for free.

Google Hangouts Meet (Free)

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Google Hangouts is the most well-known and widely used Zoom alternative. The paid version of G-Suite includes Hangouts Meet, which allows you to have video calls with up to 250 participants, hold presentations and record meetings and save them to Drive. You can also easily send a meeting link to participants outside of your company. 

The free version of Google Hangouts can connect up to 150 users, but doesn’t have presentation features nor the ability to record calls. Also, users must have a personal Google account to join the video conference.

G-Suite pricing starts at $6 per user per month.

Discord (Free)

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If you want a free alternative, look into Discord. The communication app is popular with gamers, but can be used by anyone looking for chat, messaging and video calls. Users set up a dedicated “server,” which can be organized  into rooms that host video and text-based chats.

Discord recently raised the limit for Go Live video calls from 10 users to 50. And the app is available on most web browsers, as well as Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. 

Download Discord for free

Zoho Meeting (Paid)

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The open-source video conferencing service allows you to host end-to-end video meetings and calls for up to 100 people. Participants don’t need to sign up for a login; they can access the meetings through a link or a dial-in via web browsers, desktop clients or mobile apps.

Zoho Meeting offers an array of meeting tools, like screen sharing, the ability to record calls and moderation (you can mute participants, for example). And you can easily pull in documents, spreadsheets and presentations since the service is integrated with Zoho’s Office suite. But note that there’s a different pricing plan for webinars, which may make it too costly.

Zoho Meeting pricing starts at $8 per month.

Microsoft Teams (Paid)

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Microsoft turned its Skype for Business tool into Teams, which allows you to host video meetings for up to 250 people. Unlike Skype, Teams does offer standard video conferencing tools, like screen sharing and the ability to record meetings. This can turn out to be a good alternatives to zoom app.

The Microsoft Teams is included with two different Office 365 plans, which also provide Office apps, 1 TB of OneDrive storage and more. Microsoft is making some changes to its offerings, so get more details about the company is launching Microsoft Teams for consumers later this year.

Microsoft Teams pricing starts at $5 per user per month.

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