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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Top 4 free video conferencing programs

By Mark Stubbles

Video conferencing is becoming more and more popular among major businesses and corporations. Video conferencing helps to promote happy workers, it needs less travel and commuting time, creates better communication, it's Eco-friendly, and you can save money by using video conferencing within you're business. There are several platforms available to use for video conferencing. Below is a list of a few that have proven to offer more and are much more professional.


The first program is Google+ Hangouts. The service is very basic but offers what is required, a hangout space for those who are meeting to discuss what is important. The service is free and simply requires have an active Google account. The service runs with Gmail, YouTube, Google+, and other Google services. Google+ Hangouts is becoming more and more popular among companies.

A lot of people don't realise that Google Talk is still available, you can learn more about it here.


A second video conferencing program is TeamViewer. Like Google Hangouts, the service is free. It can be used on a computer, tablet, and even your mobile phone. The service is great because no matter where you are, you can answer the call and discuss what needs to be addressed.


The third service is WebEx Meetings Basic. The service allows chatting with three other people for free. But you're wanting to communicate with more people, which is likely the case with business, there is a small inexpensive fee to pay. WebEx is mainly for computers meaning that it requires that you are connected to a computer or laptop.


The final service, easily one of the most well known and most used is Skype. Skype is free but you can pay to have more calls available. Group calls are free which is truly beneficial. You can have massive group calls for free, there are no limits. Skype requires that you open an account. Skype can be used from a computer, tablet, and smartphone meaning it is accessible from everywhere. Skype is definitely more trusted with large companies looking to do video conferences with their employees.

Free video-conferencing helps control business operation costs
A product like BlueJeans can be used to integrate all the above and many other platforms bringing together users all over the globe, even if they use different platforms. Learn more about Blue Jeans here

Choosing which service is more suitable based on your business is a personal decision. Each service is suitable for every company. The most used are Google+ Hangouts and Skype. Each are trusted and very effective. They offer fantastic service and and much more well known. You will want to make sure that the video conference service you end up choosing should meet the needs of the business all together.

Video conferencing is a thing of the future. It offers companies a new more effective means of communication, it is cheaper and assures that everyone can attend conferences. It is a very reliable system of communication that can be used from anywhere in the world. It does not matter whether someone is on vacation in Europe, on a train, or even if it is during the holidays, there is no travel so the conference can be completed quickly and stress-free.  

About the author: This post was supplied by Mark Stubbles, Mark has used Skype, Google+ and BlueJeans to with friends, clients and suppliers all over the world. 

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