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Top 7 Virtual Meeting Tools of 2020

By Team CounterPath
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With many teams transitioning to remote work, team communication can present many new challenges. Amongst basic chat and call capabilities, teams may need document sharing, screen sharing or other interactive capabilities. Of course, there’s many virtual meeting tools out there today, but finding the right one for your organization’s needs may take some time.

We’ve put together a list of the best virtual meeting tools out there at the moment. Breaking down core features, price points and links to product reviews. The tools mentioned below are applications that have both desktop and mobile support. Try testing a few of these out and see if the features and functionality are the right fit for your team!

1. Google Hangouts for Virtual Meetings

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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/176572/Google-Hangouts/

Google Hangouts is one of the most common tools for video chat and messaging. It’s great to open up as you’re checking gmail to start up a quick virtual meeting and share your screen. You can easily take notes in Google Docs on the side, or integrate with HipChat, UberConference and ZenDesk. Mobile apps work well, and offer the majority of the functionality of the desktop versions.

Pricing: $5 per user/month

Mobile app: iOS/Android

 

2. Zoom
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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/144037/Zoom-Video-Conferencing/

Zoom is a popular option for high-quality video and audio over its cloud servers. It’s versatile and supports up to 1000 interactive video participants and can offer up to 10,000 view-only users. It’s available on various devices and locations. Zoom connects easily across desktops, mobile devices and the video conferencing is stable and reliable during long video calls. The free version allows up to 30 minutes per conference.

Pricing: Free trial, premium; pro starts at $20 per month/host and enterprise goes up to $27 per month/host

Mobile app: iOS/Android

 

3. Cisco Webex Meeting Center

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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/733/WebEx-Meeting-Center/

WebEx Meeting Center offers integrated audio, video, and content sharing. It is a cloud-based tool that focuses on team collaboration and provides a mature video chat and excellent messaging. Features include meetings, messaging, video and voice calls, whiteboard and document sharing. Cisco is a great choice if you want to get hardware in your office to improve the quality of video chat. The desktop and mobile tools also have high quality apps and experience that users rate highly in reviews.

Pricing: Free plan, starter plan $17.95 per user/month
Desktop: Web-based

Mobile app: iOS/Android


4. Bria Teams Virtual Meeting Tool

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URL: https://counterpath.com/bria-teams

Bria Teams is a powerful communication and collaboration tool that provides a unified communication platform for your team across desktop and mobile devices. The powerful tools in Bria softphones make it easy to connect with team members using a variety of features in a contact-centric interface.

All the core features for effective virtual meetings are included: messaging, presence, HD voice and video calling, PBX integration, as well as screen and file sharing. Team voice and video capability enables you to communicate instantly with team members without having to setup a call server or phone service. If you’re looking for a highly secure way to connect your team and digitally transform your communications, download Bria Teams and get your team talking within minutes!

Pricing: $3.95 per user/month

Desktop app: Windows, Mac

Mobile app: iOS, Android


5. Skype for Business

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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/168391/Skype-for-Business/

Skype for Business is very similar to regular Skype. It still has its core functionalities you may be used to, plus extra tools needed for a proper online meeting. You can access your contacts easily, record meetings, document share or screen share and video or voice call up to 200 people at the same time. The connection to Outlook, Outlook Calendar and Microsoft Teams is the best part for businesses that are already using those MS Suite tools.

Pricing: $5 per user/month

Mobile app: iOS/Android

 

6. Join.me
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URL: https://www.capterra.com/p/175001/join-me/

Join.me is an easy and fast way to set up a virtual meeting with employees and clients new to video conferencing. Private meeting rooms have their own custom links and have the basic features of video, audio, chat plus screen sharing. Additionally, users can personalize their experience with personalized participant bubbles, URLs, backgrounds and more. For a small company that doesn't need a lot of meeting hosts or has more infrequent meetings, join.me is a good option.

Pricing: Free plan, or Lite plan starting at $13 per user/month

Mobile app: iOS/Android


7. Workplace by Facebook 

workplace-blog-imageURL: https://www.capterra.com/p/168669/Workplace/ 

Facebook has put a lot of time into creating a suite of tools especially for collaboration. The familiar interface of Facebook allows you to create groups and host live chats with your team, and include others who are already on Facebook. If your partners, collaborators and clients are connected with you on Facebook then adding them into your conversation for a quick virtual meeting is easy. The mobile and web interfaces are very similar to the personal version of Facebook and are easy to use.


Pricing: Free trial, premium; $3 per user/month

Mobile app: iOS/Android


With the plethora of virtual meeting tools out there, identifying your team’s specific needs and communication objectives first can help find the right piece of software. Many of the tools we’ve mentioned have free trials or versions that can be leveraged before you commit to a premium plan. We hope one of these tools will help you on your way to improve team communication! 

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CounterPath Corporation is a leading provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions. The company's product suite includes SIP-based softphones, server based user experience management and UC solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to cost-effectively integrate voice, video, presence, Instant Messaging (IM) and collaboration applications into their VoIP offerings and extend functionality across both fixed and mobile networks.

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