Zoom certainly is a great video conferencing and collaboration service, but are there any Zoom Meeting alternatives for those who don’t quite need what Zoom offers?
Of course, there are alternatives! And today, we want to focus your attention on 5 – WebEx, GoToMeeting, Skype for Business, Google Hangout Meets, and Slack.
Top 5 Zoom Meeting Alternatives
Up first on our top 5 of Zoom Meeting alternatives is WebEx.
WebEx appears to be a little better option for small teams and businesses than Zoom.
If you’ve looked through the plans of Zoom, then you’ve probably noticed that the Business and Enterprise plans require a minimum of 10 and 50 licenses respectively. This is not only costly but also implies a larger scale of collaboration.
Well, with WebEx, you have a minimum license number requirement only with the Business plan (the priciest plan of WebEx) which requires at least 5 licenses per month.
And the fact that WebEx’s top plan allows for up to 200 participants in a meeting and Zoom’s top plan up to 1,000 clearly shows that WebEx is made for smaller teams.
With that being said, WebEx has a few goodies that make it stand out from Zoom – for example, it offers from 1 to 10 GB of cloud storage space for your needs, starting from the free plan. Not only that, but WebEx is probably going to integrate with Cisco services much better than other conferencing tools since it is maintained by Cisco.
In contrast with Zoom and WebEx, GoToMeeting is a nice option for bigger companies and teams.
GoToMeeting doesn’t have free plans, so it isn’t going to be the best option for teams that aren’t going to do video conferencing frequently. It only has a 14-day trial to allow you to get acquainted with its features.
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But when it comes to large-scale uses, GoToMeeting is one of the better options out there, albeit it’s relatively expensive.
The first thing to catch the eye with GoToMeeting is that it comes with 24/7 customer support in all its plans. In fact, the support appears to be the same across all plans, including phone & web support along with on-demand training.
Aside from that, starting from the Pro plan (which is the second plan in the line), you are receiving unlimited recording capability. Going up the plans, you are receiving volume discounts, a dedicated customer success manager, and the ability to host up to 3,000 participants.
Not that the 1,000 in Zoom’s Enterprise plan is little, but it’s nowhere near the 3,000 of GoToMeeting’s Enterprise plan. Combine this with what we mentioned above, and you get a solid service for large teams and companies.
Skype for Business is a great option if you are familiar with Skype and don’t want to learn using another service anew and if you are using many other services from Microsoft.
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Functionally, Skype for Business is very similar to other video conferencing tools available out there – it has URL invites, screen sharing, interactive collaboration tools, instant messaging, and is available on a variety of devices and operating systems.
However, what does make Skype for Business stand out is its integration with services from Microsoft.
The thing is that Skype for Business comes as a part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite which includes many additional apps and features, including Office apps, email & calendaring services, OneDrive cloud storage, and whatnot.
And, of course, you are getting Skype for Business for up to 250-people gatherings. Plus, it allows for 10,000 viewers with Skype Meetings Broadcast.
The price of Office 365 plans goes up to $12.50 per month per user, which isn’t too expensive. However, this doesn’t mean that it is going to be the best option for you – why pay for the entire Office 365 suite if you don’t really need it? Due to this, Skype for Business is going to be a good buy if you are already using or intend to use other Microsoft services.
With that being said, there is a free Skype for Business Basic with a minimum set of features. With it, you may get an idea of what the full-suite Skype is going to offer to you.
For users of Google services, Google Hangouts Meet may be a better option than Skype for Business. For up to $25 per user per month, you are getting access to various Google goodies like cloud storage (unlimited with Business and Enterprise plans with 5 or more users), shared calendars, business email through Gmail, 24/7 support, and many other things.
But most importantly, you get Hangouts Meet with its video and voice conferencing. Allowing from 25 to 100 participants, Hangout Meets is a better option for smaller teams. On the other hand, with the Enterprise plan, you get the ability to live stream your meeting to up to 100,000 people!
Finally, we have Slack. It’s quite a bit different from the other Zoom Meeting alternatives we overviewed, but it does serve the same purpose – connect teams across a variety of devices.
Slack is more focused on messaging and file-sharing than video conferencing. It’s video conferencing capabilities are quite limited – only 1-to-1 meetings in the free plan and up to 15 participants in Standard and Plus are available.
Well, not everybody needs to have a few thousand people in a meeting, so this may be just right for some teams.
The file sharing component with Slack is pretty solid, on the other hand – it provides up to 20 GB of file storage per team member! Aside from that, Slack boasts unlimited message storage on the paid plans along with convenient message search.
The 99.99% SLA uptime guarantee in the Plus plan is also pretty eye-catching.
And finally, Slack offers the Enterprise Grid plan which provides things like 1 TB of storage per user along with dedicated customer success teams and unlimited workspaces.
There are many more Zoom alternatives out there, but we tried to pick the ones that would offer something very different from Zoom. We wanted to highlight Zoom’s strengths and weaknesses and also provide readers with a wider variety of choice.
Every team has its own needs, and it’s very difficult to say which one of the Zoom Meeting alternatives is going to be the best one for you. And to find out, you need to understand your needs and what each of the candidate services offers to you.