The recent pandemic has taken the world by storm. There is no doubt about the fact that Covid-19 has drastically changed business dynamics across the globe, and has defined a ‘new normal’ for most people, to say the least.
With social distancing being the need of the hour, businesses had no option but to revamp their existing operations in order to sustain themselves, without posing any threat whatsoever, to the workforce, or any other people involved in the business operations.
Hence, a lot of companies have shifted to work from home, where the only means of staying in touch with other office colleagues is via online networking platforms.
Zoom, for one, has been a platform that has remarkably increased in popularity over the course of time, essentially because of the fact that it offers solutions for people to meet over the internet without having to be physically present at the given location.
However, there are still a couple of other players in the market, which also have a considerable market share, and prove to be very strong alternates to Zoom in terms of competition, and overall service delivery that is offered. These competitors are listed below:
1) Cisco Webex
Cisco Webex Meetings has recently seen a sharp increase in demand, primarily because of the fact that it gives the users modern, video-first meetings that are considered to be more intuitive and productive.
It is widely possible by the secure, flexible, and seamless experience that is offered by Cisco, which helps it set itself apart from other people in the industry.
2) Google Meet
Google Meet is a relatively newer platform, which can be best described as the newer, cleaner, and faster version of the previously known app with similar functionalities called Hangouts.
However, Google Meet is targeted specifically towards businesses and organizations which makes it easier for businesses to have their setups virtually, without much hassle.
It was made free in May 2020, after the exponential increase in demand for Zoom as a result of the pandemic. In this regard, they also offered the functionality of including as many as 100 meeting participants at a time, with 16 participants visible at a single time.
What sets it apart from Zoom and other platforms is the fact that it allows users to join in the meeting using a dial-in phone number, which means that meeting participants can attend the meeting even if they don’t have access to the internet.
3) GoTo Meeting
GoTo Meeting is another highly popular software, which was in demand because of its ability to host meetings with as many as 250 participants. It also allows functionality using screen sharing and whiteboard, which helps to make the classes even more interactive.
On the pricing front, it does offer a free trial to the users, after which the paid plans begin from as low as $12 per month.
ClickMeeting is another platform that has highly increased in popularity. It is considered an excellent tool for webinars, and other relevant sales-related meetings. It also provides cross-platform functionality with Facebook and YouTube.
The best part of this software is the fact that they offer a free plan with limited features. However, depending on the required functionality, there are paid plans too, which start from around $25 per month, and can further be tailored as per the need.
Adobe Connect is also a very useful alternate to Zoom and has proven to as a stiff competition against Zoom and other competitors. It is a web conferencing solution that is structured for online meetings, educators, and those who conduct online webinars.
The greatest advantage of this platform is the ease with which this can be used, in addition to the fact that it offers screen recordings. However, it is relatively more expensive compared to other products in the market.
Microsoft Teams has also managed to create a substantial ripple effect in terms of onboarding users because of the brand name associated with this particular software.
This was also coupled with the fact that they enabled integrations with Office 365, which was really helpful in terms of managing work across a single platform, with controllable privacy across assets.
On the grounds of pricing, they also offer a free trial, and the paid plans start from as low as $5 per month.
7) Zoho Meeting
Zoho Meeting is more popularly referred to as a collaboration suite, which offers meetings and webinar solutions for the users.
It helps to organize meetings and webinars for the users, and also enables screen sharing and remote access for IT teams.
They offer a free trial plan, after which users have the discretion to choose from a variety of plans, depending on their usage.
Skype was probably one of the most widely acclaimed software back when the demand for video conferencing was relatively stabilized. It is free but has limited functionalities as compared to other competitors.
The greatest disadvantage it poses is that it has a slower interface compared to other platforms in the market.
Blizz is a product that Teamviewer introduces. It includes indexed messaging functionality, in addition to a video call that can be covered with as many as 300 people.
In the same manner, it includes features like HD Calling, screen sharing, as well as recording. As far as the pricing is concerned, it has a free plan, but with limited functionality.
Mikogo is another highly popular platform and is considered to be in demand because it’s browser-based. The fact that it does not have to be downloaded in form of software tends to be a very important feature.
It also includes a session scheduler, which enables the users to schedule their meetings well in advance.