January 19, 2011

Virtual meeting smackdown! 15 top Web conferencing services compared

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  • DimDim.com should be removed from this list. Salesforce purchased the company recently and terminated the ability to create new accounts. Existing free accounts are also being shutdown as of March 15, 2011.

    I'd also suggest you add FuzeMeeting.com to the list. The service permits hosting web meetings and webinars from an iPad or Android tablets with paid accounts. Mobility is matters!

    • jdlasica

      Didn't know about Dimdim freezing new accounts, will update the piece.

      And great suggestion re FuzeMeeting, since mobile is becoming increasingly vital in the workforce.

      • Tbrooks

        For all those interested in an all inclusive online meeting service with integrated audio conferencing, you must take a look at http://www.startmeeting.com–Conduct online meetings with toll/toll-free participants, with integrated screen sharing capabilities. Audio Rates as low as 2.9cents/min and $9.95/month for Screen Sharing. For more info and pricing contact [email protected]!
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      • Tbrooks

        For all those interested in an all inclusive online meeting service with integrated audio conferencing, you must take a look at http://www.startmeeting.com–Conduct online meetings with toll/toll-free participants, with integrated screen sharing capabilities. Audio Rates as low as 2.9cents/min and $9.95/month for Screen Sharing. For more info and pricing contact [email protected]!
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  • jodie_microsoft_smb

    Something to mention, Office Live Meeting is also included in the Microsoft BPOS Suite. You’ll also get e-mail, online document storage/collaboration and IM. This year, Office 365 will replace BPOS and add in Office Web Apps and calling features. http://smb.ms/Outreachdzy7p6

    Regards,

    Jodi E.

    MS SMB Outreach Team

    [email protected]

    • Tbrooks

      For all those interested in an all inclusive online meeting service with integrated audio conferencing, you must take a look at http://www.startmeeting.com–Conduct online meetings with toll/toll-free participants, with integrated screen sharing capabilities. Audio Rates as low as 2.9cents/min and $9.95/month for Screen Sharing. For more info and pricing contact [email protected]!
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  • jdlasica

    On Twitter, @ShowDocument suggests: I'd add ShowDocument.com to the list. Its an app-based saas collaboration platform that has many apps and chat translation.

  • consolegary

    You might want to know about Netviewer, the leading provider in Europe – <a href="http://www.netviewer.com” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://www.netviewer.com” target=”_blank”>www.netviewer.com – Citrix recently announced it is purchasing them. Meanwhile, they have several great products and fast servers here in the US, to compete directly with Citrix and Cisco. That's probably why Citrix bought them up. Their Netviewer Meet product checks out in all competitive aspects, and runs under $40 a month for 100 attendees, with the full feature set. It's worth it just to give them a try – I was blown away!

    Another one I found recently and like is Via3, from Via3.com and Viack. Good strong layout, desktop sharing, webcams, file transfer and nicely priced, using a per-user (attendee) model. I'm not so crazy about this model, in that each attendee must join the service to attend my events, at a minimum of $4.95 a month. VOIP only, so I would couple it with our own teleconferencing platform – Console Call, which offers WebPresenter, for slideshows and a Skype phone number to join teleconferences on our customer's high-quality bridgeline. <a href="http://www.consolecall.com” target=”_blank”><a href="http://www.consolecall.com” target=”_blank”><a href="http://www.consolecall.com” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://www.consolecall.com” target=”_blank”>www.consolecall.com

    DRE software is one worth checking out for business collaboration http://www.dresoftware.com/features/ and charges $19.95 per user, in a user-based pricing model, I believe. Capacity is limited to about 25 attendees max., so it is not a web-conferencing or webinar tool, and this could be made more clear on their website. I've not tested it yet.

  • I just spent 18 min writing a comment and when I finally finished Internet Explorer crashed and my comment was lost. So now I will keep it short and straight to the point. I find something interesting to read on your blog every time I visit it. Respect!

  • netfluence

    A new up and comer might be GVOConference.com Its a viable candidate.

    • Tbrooks

      For all those interested in an all inclusive online meeting service with integrated audio conferencing, you must take a look at http://www.startmeeting.com–Conduct online meetings with toll/toll-free participants, with integrated screen sharing capabilities. Audio Rates as low as 2.9cents/min and $9.95/month for Screen Sharing. For more info and pricing contact [email protected]!
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  • Thanks for a very useful comparison. I've cited it and linked to it on my Web Conferencing Services blog. One new up-and-comer I'm aware of is MyMeeting123, which seems to offer lower pricing than most and a solid list of features. I can't vouch for their quality or reliability, as I haven't tried their service.

  • Mariaa

    Have a look at RHUB web conferencing and remote support appliance. There is no monthly subscription as you purchase it and host it yourself. Have a look at here http://www.rhubcom.com

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  • I would recommend trying out our web meeting app, DOXWOX. It’s muti-tab interface allows switching instantly between PowerPoint presentations and sets of images while sharing them with multiple users. It’s 100% free and you do not need to register at all.

  • ………….Web conferencing applications which enable a presenter to host a Webinar or meeting with live video and audio text chat whiteboards shared files and even desktop sharing offer countless opportunities for collaboration online training and remote assistance. While many of these sophisticated programs are costly a new crop of free Web conferencing applications has emerged which offer amazing alternatives to traditional online meeting programs such as WebEx and GoToMeeting..Librarians could use these free applications for holding office hours reference consultations library instruction hosting their own Webinars conducting live interviews or collaborating with remote team members on projects.. is a Web conferencing application which allows a presenter to share their desktop with conference attendees in order to demonstrate share or collaborate on projects.

  • ………….Web conferencing applications which enable a presenter to host a Webinar or meeting with live video and audio text chat whiteboards shared files and even desktop sharing offer countless opportunities for collaboration online training and remote assistance. While many of these sophisticated programs are costly a new crop of free Web conferencing applications has emerged which offer amazing alternatives to traditional online meeting programs such as WebEx and GoToMeeting..Librarians could use these free applications for holding office hours reference consultations library instruction hosting their own Webinars conducting live interviews or collaborating with remote team members on projects.. is a Web conferencing application which allows a presenter to share their desktop with conference attendees in order to demonstrate share or collaborate on projects.

  • Web conferencing offers advantages over traditional room-based videoconferencing because applications such as collaborative Web browsing file transfer and application sharing are easily supported over the Internet. Web conferencing first appeared in the late 1990s with products such as PlaceWare Microsofts NetMeeting and IBMs Sametime.

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  • Cisco is the best. I am going to install the setup into the company which is all over the nation. Price of Cisco is high but worth.
    What do you use?

    • Thanks for your view, good to know. I’ve been using Google Hangout for the smallish Socialbrite team, but larger groups will want a more industrial-strength solution.

  • Have you tried eLecta Live (www.e-lecta.com) ? It is a virtual classroom software for online teaching and web collaboration. There are services for individuals and business at a very competitive cost.

    • I´ve been using it and it´s got some great features, like embedding, grouping,breakouts, student management, but it doesn´t allow annotation onto a document and the VOIP is slow and has caused me to search for another solution.

  • TAT

    Yugma SE (Skype Edition) allows you to meet and use desktop sharing tools with up to 2 people in a meeting for free. – Taken from Yugma.com.

    Any suggestions for a small nonprofit breed specific rescue to use for our board meetings of up to 12 people. My budget is exactly $0…

  • This blog posting was very helpful! I like how you guys shared a variety of providers with different price considerations too. I think we are going to go with Watchitoo… I tried out a few of these, the ones that have videoconferencing, and I liked them the best!

  • karynellis

    Elluminate is way more expensive …was quoted at $2700 per year with no other options…

    • jdlasica

      One of my relatives purchased Elluminate in late 2010 for about $500 US. Perhaps they've raised the price since then.

  • Also check out My WebEvent. Great solution for non-profits. Competitive pricing with no contracts.  Day passes are available.  No software downloads or plug ins needed. Provides webinar, screen share and video broadcast, all recorded in synchronization.

  • Mnotess

    Yugma Free is now only good for 2 attendees, not 20.

    • Well, that’s a bit of a difference. Too bad.

  • Fallonfla

    I’ve looked into a newcomer called IMeet.com. Worth checking into. I’m still debating what is best for our needs.

  • Elluminate is now called Blackboard Collaborate. http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx
    What is unique about the solution is that it has a web conferencing system designed for education and a presence based instance messaging system designed for education (although we have many corporate and government clients as well – such as Apple, Inc.). They work together so you can have instant video/audio/whiteboard/app sharing conference sessions for meetings or support services and then instantly start a web conferencing session which can be archived.

    • Good to know, thanks for the update, Phil!

  • guest

    Amazing source of info…you may be interested to know about Social India Conference 2011 in Bangalore,India which is organized by Akshay Patra Foundation to raise funds for a non-profit cause. The event brings together world’s well known social media speakers at the event…visit
    http://www.socialindiaconference.in for more details

  • Have you tried Meetin.gs? It is a cloud-based tool for organizing online or face-to-face meetings. It requires no installations or registrations and has both, free and pro versions available.

  • InteractiveBPJ

    http://www.budgetconferencing.com all the way for clear non-delayed audio and tightly knit web conferencing!

  • Fuzman65

    I have experimented with Adobe Connect and looking to see if any products ahve better breakout room functionality. Has anyone compared breakout room features and functions?

    • Tbrooks

      For all those interested in an all inclusive online meeting service with integrated audio conferencing, you must take a look at http://www.startmeeting.com–Conduct online meetings with toll/toll-free participants, with integrated screen sharing capabilities. Audio Rates as low as 2.9cents/min and $9.95/month for Screen Sharing. For more info and pricing contact [email protected]!
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  • Cool system…Middle Europe, check this out: http://www.icord.cz, http://www.onif.cz

  • Pnet

    http://www.mikogo.com/
    $13, $21 and $34 plans

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  • M.

    Please note that AT&T Connect does record in the proprietary format, but also offers a free download of conversion software that allows you to convert meeting into an MPEG4 format.

    :)

  • Tbrooks

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    • Quadpa702

      I need a solution where I can record a webinar, and post the url to my website. Individuals would then pay first and then view the recorded content and take a test. Can anyone point me to a company that can do this?

      Ken.
      (719) 502-7081

      • Jdanforth

        You might want to check out Screencastomatic.com. We are doing some interesting things with it here at Facilitator4hire. Good Luck.

      • bwagman

        anymeeting.com

  • Missy32285

    I suggest you also take a serious look at omNovia Web Conference. (www.omnovia.com)
    It offers an intuitive but powerful platform (with mobile app as well) for HD video conferencing and very interactive webinars. For example, even the Record and Replay feature produces an interactive webinar at replay time.
    Best

  • We received this missive:

    A new meeting collaboration software called Lucid Meetings is much more than the traditional web conference screen share – Lucid Meetings focuses on the work, centers the discussion, and drives decisions. This allows teams to get more done in less time by combining collaboration, web conferencing, and teleconferencing into one seamless solution.

  • From Macworld magazine:

    FuzeMeeting may not offer videoconferencing, but it has most everything else you’d want in a conferencing service. It’s excellent for sharing and discussing all kinds of documents …

    Livecage lets you hold audio and videoconferences, live video and audio Webcasts, upload and share videos, photos and audio files and more. It doesn’t let you share your screen or upload or share documents and doesn’t come with a conference call service.

  • It’s also worth pointing out, since this article published, that Google Hangout is a good, free videoconferencing solution for small groups (up to 10 people). And Amy says for more than 10 folks, Hangouts On Air “is what you have seen if you’ve participated in any of Obama’s hangouts or other large scale videos. We will still have ten videos but then unlimited other people can still stream the video and chat/ask questions, etc.”

  • Rashmicsheelvant

    I have used GoMeetNow, understands the changing world, business demands and perform accordingly to meet your business expectation. GoMeetNow is fast, steady and affordable. This does not require any software installation or download. It offers a quality free audio ands video conferencing services. You will feel as though you are sitting next to the person and working.

  • Dahna

    My fav is Goto use it often

  • Very useful and informative data on web conferencing

  • hohviolist

    It would be really helpful if this article also lists which web conferencing service also provided real-time captioning add-ins for people who do not hear audio well.

    Currently, only Adobe Connect, Elluminate, and probably WebEx offer captioning. However they are too expensive for small nonprofits.

  • ShannonTaylor

    YouDazzle is a great web meeting tool! They combine file sharing with web meeting and screen sharing. http://www.youdazzle.com

  • Rashmicsheelvant

    GoMeetNow (http://www.gomeetnow.com) is another great service that has some great plans available, extremely affordable and reliable and offers high quality audio video conferencing solutions.

  • Leandra Blair

    I am looking for a virtual meeting platform with all the great bells and whistles. It needs to have video, audio, recording, desktop sharing, file sharing, breakout room, but most of all it needs to have a way that the facilitator can see the desktop of multiple users at once. I will be using this to train software and will have a small group go over simulations and will need to see multiple their desktops to evaluate if they are able to complete the simulation completely.

  • Fgeha

    any products that allow an screen sharing for an ipad?

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