Compare Video Conferencing and Chat Apps

by Heather Simpson

This isn’t the post I was planning for March.  My original plan was to share with you 5 or 6 productivity tools that I enjoy and use regularly. Getting more done, more efficiently, saving time… I was constantly looking for ways that technology could help me do my job more efficiently.

This sudden disconnection we have experienced over the last week has made me more mindful of and given me a greater appreciation of technology’s ability to connect.

This month I want to share some tools and apps that you can use to stay connected with family and friends as well as when you are working from home.

What’s the best way to stay connected while working remotely?   

Let’s compare video conferencing and chat apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Google Meet and GoToMeeting.

Video Chat & Messaging – Compare Video Chat Apps like WhatsApp, Skype & FaceTime

Application

  • Voice Calls
  • Video Calls
  • Text Messaging
  • Group Chat
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Cost to Make International Calls
  • Document Sharing

WhatsApp

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Up to 256 people
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Free if using wifi rather than cellular data
  • Yes- up to 100 MB

Skype

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes (Skype acc ts only)
  • Up to 50 people
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Free via wifi to Skype users only
  • Yes- up to 300 MD

FaceTime

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Up to 32 people
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Free via wifi rather than cellular data
  • No Document Sharing

Stay Connected – Compare Video Conferencing Apps – Compare Zoom, Google Meet and GoToMeeting

Application

  • Free Option
  • Pricing
  • Meeting Participants
  • Record Meeting
  • Screen Sharing
  • Group Messaging
  • Encrypted
  • Whiteboard

Zoom

  • Yes
  • $14.99 – $19.99 per host
  • 250
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Google Meet

  • No
  • $6 – $25 per host
  • 1000
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No

GoToMeeting

  • No
  • $12 – $16 per host
  • 150 – 250
  • Yes (at enterprise level
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No

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