Whoever you are – manager, small business owner or team member – there is a moment in life when you need a remote communication tool. Which is the best option among the several platforms that have become available on the market in the last few years? From on-premise servers based solutions to web apps, the choice is wide. In this article, we outline the main features of what in our opinion are the five best video conferencing products of 2016.
It is important to know exactly what you need, in order to choose the right product. While on-premise servers based solution could be great for a small business, a browser app often reveals to be a good option for occasional users.
It isn’t only a matter of costs; you should also consider some issues like security, reliability, the necessity to download software or install hardware, the frequency of utilization, and the max number of participants to your conferences.
However, it is also true that an outline of the main features of the most popular platforms could help to clear ideas. So, let’s start with the review of first product on the list.
The on-premise servers based solution: R-HUB Turbomeeting
There are several features that make the difference between R-HUB Turbomeeting servers and the web based solutions. First, they are secure and reliable. Hackers and spotty video streaming will become a distant memory soon, as R-HUB technology is not web dependent. Second, the number of participants to a chat room can be scaled up to 3000, which is quite uncommon in web conferencing products world; third, from mobiles to TV, almost any kind of device is supported, no matter if it runs on iOS or Android.
Coming to price, R- HUB web video conferencing servers start from $295. They are sold under a flat license that allows you to add additional participants at zero cost. Maintenance and installation are inexpensive and there is no need of a dedicated team of technicians, as R-HUB web video conferencing servers are plug and play products. For further information, please visit R-HUB web site at http://www.rhubcom.com
A web based solution: GoToMeeting
Very popular among the web based solutions, GoToMeeting have been advertised a lot especially on TV. Its strong point is that it runs well alongside programs like Gmail and Outlook. It also ensures a clean, simple user experience.
The trial period lasts thirty days. After, you have to buy one of their packages.
The right tool for webinars: OnStreamMedia
Webinars that are managed through this platform can host up to 300 participants, and a great user experience is ensured by its many tools to engage the audience. Unfortunately, this software comes out without the usual tiered pricing benefits that other platforms offer.
Thought for small businesses: WebEx
Among WebEx’s most interesting features, there are conference recording, application sharing and the benefit of tiered pricing that makes this product a good idea for a small business.
No software to download: Zoho Meeting
If you are looking for a 100% browser based solution, this product is what you need. Very easy to use, Zoho Meeting is great for those who are seeking for a two people conference web app for free. Over this number of participants, you have to pay.
Have you cleaned your ideas? If not, start to browse the web. This list is not exhaustive, as web conferencing platforms have been mushrooming in the last few years. And please feel free to signal us any software that in your opinion deserves a mention.