January 19, 2011

Virtual meeting smackdown! 15 top Web conferencing services compared

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  1. This looks good — do you have any updates for 2012 you’d like to add to the list? Thanks for putting this together!

  2. I am looking for a web conferencing software that enables the participants to be sent into virtual break-out rooms where they can collaborate on individual projects (and share docs, chat, video, markup, etc in these break-out rooms). Several vendors provide this feature. However, I would like these rooms to stay active and accessible to the participants even when the meeting or conference ends and the host is not online. This feature does not seem to be supported by the vendors I have checked (e.g. Adobe Connect). This scenario would be used for a multi-lecture distance-based course, where breakout groups would work on individual projects after the class presentation has ended. The participants can return to the virtual breakout rooms at their convenience with the project materials remaining active in the room. The meeting host can also enter the room to share course materials and ideas, and the virtual breakout room participants can also link back to the main meeting. SUGGESTIONS? 

  3. Hi Marcia. Alas, we don’t have a staff of writers, just strategists who contribute to our site when we have some spare time, which seems to be pretty rare these days. :~)

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  5. I have multiple users that schedule audio/video conferencing.  Sometimes these schedules may over lap, or a meeting may run past its estiamted end time.  Purchasing 1 license that is shared amongst many people is not very practical.  Any ideas where we can have multiple sessions going on at the same time without multiple lilcences

  6. @VSee ( vsee.com ) is a simple video conference and screen share tool. It’s great if you don’t have a lot of bandwidth to spare and can work over 3G cell networks and in places with poor infrastructure such as Africa and the Middle East.

  7. OK. That was a different review. Half of the recommendations for virtual webcast software I have never heard of before. I did appreciate your round up. Although none of the web conferencing software seemed expensive I am on a beta for a system called VirCast http://VirCast.com and they have cracked the pricing to just about nothing… 300 seat rooms for under $15 and the duplex audio with zero latency is spot on. 10 hd camera collaboration at a time. Anyway, it may be of good interest to take a look.

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  9. I use ScreenConnect in conjuction with Skype or phone conferencing.  Nice because there are not subscriptions associated.

  10. Great list of tools. Another option is deploying on premise RHUB web conferencing appliances in order to conduct webinars, web conferences, online meetings, web casts etc.

  11. I am an avid TeamViewer user myself. I use it for my clients for my business My Computer Doctor – http://www.mycomputerdoctor.net – I love the fact that even with slow internet connections such as DSL I can still do my job with ease. Thanks for the article!

  12. Why not try Drum Web Meetings? (http://thisisdrum.com/). They are free and utilise the revolutionary technology that is WebRTC to communicate in browser with no downloads! We have been using it for sometime now on a regular basis.

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  14. I’d like to add one more service review in your style.

    myownconference.com is comfortable and good-quality service for online meetings, webinars, web conferencing. It allows to invite you up to 1000 attendees. 8
    languages supported.

    Software required: No set up, Windows, Mac or Linux supported.

    Collaboration tools: Screen sharing, up to 10 presenters, text chat, whiteboard, video demonstration, webinars, automated webinars

    Recording: Yes

    Polling & survey: Yes

    Post-meeting reports: Statistics of the listeners’ activity, chat history

    Pricing: €22/mo – 60 attendees, €32/mo – 100 attendees, €82/mo – 500 attendees

    Pay per use: No

    Trial: 14 days

    Bottom line: Myownconference is a good choice for small business owners as well as for speakers who present to large audience.