The workplace is rapidly evolving. Modern businesses continue to look for ways to improve collaboration and productivity between teams and across their organizations. Over the past few years, there has been a massive increase in the use of virtual meeting platforms, and businesses are increasingly relying on these platforms to stay connected, exchange information and work collaboratively.
So, what platforms exist out there to help companies achieve this goal?
Zoom has grown in popularity rapidly in recent months and is a valuable contender as one of the best virtual meeting platforms due to its wide range of capabilities for audio and video conferencing, but also down to it being a reliable, high quality conference tool that is easy to use.
2. Microsoft Teams
An app that many employees may already be aware of due to its everyday use in our new mostly remote offices, Microsoft Teams is an easy virtual meeting platform to use. It is straightforward to schedule meetings, invite new attendees and communicate through chat boxes. But most importantly, it is reliable and constantly being improved and updated.
3. Cisco WebEx Meeting Centre
Cisco WebEx Meeting Centre offers users a free option to use the service, where up to 100 attendees can take part. It has top security features, with strongly encrypted channels and secure data storage. This version includes audio and video display, as well as document and content sharing. However, it does only allow one host per licence.
An easy-to-use app which allows users to connect with others either 121 or with a group of people, allowing for up to 50 virtual meeting participants. Skype is a very well-known platform, with simple invitation tools, making organising your virtual meetings even easier. However, it can be prone to audio and video problems, delays and dropouts.
5. Adobe Connect
A robust and versatile virtual meeting platform Adobe Connect offers desktop sharing, messaging, breakout groups and video features. It is a paid-for platform, but for the price gives you a vast number of tools and customization to give your meetings that bit of flair.
A popular meeting tool, Slack helps to connect team members with one another through a variety of messaging tools, adjustable notifications and a wide range of other office features. It offers a reliable alternative to email and improves communication between employees, and makes it easy to connect to colleagues through audio or video clips, or group video calls. Slack also integrates lot’s of other work related apps, such as Google Drive, Outlook, Zoom, and Office 365- so all your work is in one place.
Butter brings “structure, energy and joy” to meetings. It is a virtual facilitation platform that has all of the tools to boost interactivity and engagement in meetings and training sessions. With flashcard decks, session planners, integrations such as Mural, and loads of fun reaction features- Butter dials up the energy and dials down the meeting fatigue.
A well-known platform when it comes to talking to friends and family but can be repurposed as a virtual meeting platform as well. Facetime offers groups up to 32 participants, and a variety of other tools within the call. It also offers a lot of the features of the more popular virtual meeting platforms such as spatial audio, filtering background sounds, and live captions. However, it is only compatible with Apple devices, which can cause accessibility issues.
By using GoToMeeting, businesses can conduct meetings with up to 100 people. It even includes the ability to attend and host these meetings on a smartphone. While it costs a monthly fee, it is a good platform that offers a variety of meeting tools, including dialogue transcripts, meeting drawing tools, presenter control and even commuter mode.
10. Google Meet
This is the updated and improved version of Google Hangouts and has been integrated into the G Suite Office Productivity service. A paid platform, Google Meet gives users an assigned dial number so virtual meetings stay private, clearer access lines, and wider compatibility.
Completely free collaboration and calls platform, FreeConferenceCall give you the ability to share desktops, draw and message with up to 1000 users! It is simple and clean-cut, making for a straightforward experience.
12. Amazon Chime
Amazon Chime offers the ability to conduct calls, send messages, hold digital meetings and video conferencing. There is a free version of the platform, but if users want to access the wealth of features and tools, then they will need to upgrade. However, it does offer a pay-per-use pricing, so you only pay for what you use!
Originally a platform for instructors and teachers, BigBlueButton has also been adopted by businesses. It offers the ability to share desktop, video and audio, whilst also interacting through chat, notes and polls. A tricky platform to set up, but it is free to use and offers many of the same benefits a more costly platform can offer.
Though it has a webinar in the title, this platform has much more to offer than just a broadcasting space. LiveWebinar is a versatile and popular platform, boasting over 50 different features to spice up meetings; from polls to whiteboards and customisable breakout rooms. It is a paid platform, but also offers a free trial for full exploration.
At The virtual training team, we mostly use Microsoft Teams and Zoom as our chief virtual meeting platforms of choice. We love their applicability, ease of use and virtual training facilitation tools. The ability to make even our meetings super interactive and engaging!