Following the recent pandemic situation, businesses around the world had to step away from their office and learn to work remotely. For those who are new to this system, the biggest challenge is to keep their team connected as if they were in the office together. So, what are the solutions?
BusinessMobiles.com is always on the lookout for the best tools to run your business smoothly whether it is from home or the office. Today, we’ve created a list of our top 5 favourite online meeting platforms available on desktop and on mobile that you can apply to your business easily (and most of the time for free). Enjoy!
1 – Microsoft Teams
Let’s start with our favourite tool. Microsoft Teams is an application that pretty much moves your entire office on to a virtual platform. It allows private and group chats, audio & video meetings, file storage, screen sharing and recording, calendar link, and the whole Microsoft 365 is suitable for integration. Microsoft Teams is perfect for internal communication.
Free version: 100 participants – 60 minutes limit meetings.
Plans: Microsoft Teams is included in Microsoft 365 plans starting at £3.80/month/user including a limit of 300 meeting participants to £17.60/user/month up to 10,000 participants.
Get started now: www.microsoft.com
2 – Zoom
Zoom is the #1 video conferencing app providing high-quality video and audio meeting, real-time messaging, content and screen sharing, and business apps integration. It is very popular with over one million meeting participants every day. Zoom is ideal for meeting with external collaborators as it is easy to join a meeting with one click!
Free version: 100 participants – 40 minutes limit group meeting – Unlimited one-on-one meetings.
Three paid subscriptions: Pro (Up to 100 participants) for £11.99/month/license, business (up to 300 participants) for £15.99/month/license, Zoom united business (Meetings, phone, chat) for £24/month/license.
Get started now: www.zoom.us
3 – Slack
Slack is focused on informal and quick communication. Its popular features are instant messaging, conversations organisation by channels, and file transfers, among others. Slack can also be linked with over 2,000 services. It is a good alternative to Microsoft Teams for businesses who rely on Google Drive.
Free version: One-to-one calls only, 1 workspace, 10k of recent messages and 5GB of storage.
Three paid subscriptions: Standard £5.25/user/month, Plus £9.75/user/month and Enterprise Grid with personalised prices.
Get started now: www.slack.com
4 – GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting is a robust online meeting and video conferencing tool designed to enable businesses to collaborate with their teams and customers in real-time via the Internet. It also has a one-click meeting feature that instantly schedules meetings in Google Calendar or Outlook. GoToMeeting should definitely be taken into consideration if you’re on the lookout for a new video-conferencing software alternative to Zoom.
Free version: Maximum of 3 participants in meetings, 40 minutes limit meeting.
Three paid subscriptions: Professional (up to 150 participants) for £9.50/organiser/month, Business (up to 250 participants) for £12.67/organiser/month, Enterprise (up to 3,000 participants) with personalised prices.
Get started now: www.free.gotomeeting.com
5 – Google Meet
Google Meet is a video conferencing solution that is perfect for Google users. It integrates seamlessly with all the apps included in Google Workspace. It is built on Google’s robust and secure global infrastructure. Meetings are easy to set up and join with one link.
Google Meet is included in Google Workspace plans which start at £4.14/user/month for Business Starter (100 participants), £8.28/user/month for Business Standard (150 participants), and £13.80/user/month for Business Plus (250participants).
Get started now: www.workspace.google.com
These five platforms are very useful and they all have pros and cons to take into consideration. The choice is yours and it depends on your own needs. Zoom, GoToMeeting and Google Meet are more used for Video conferencing meetings, especially with external guests. Microsoft Teams and Slack have proven their efficiency for day-to-day collaboration within your organisation.
Which app are you using to communicate with your team? Let us know in the comment section below!