Video Conferencing Comparison April 2020
This blog is a quick comparison of Video Conferencing technology available as at April 2020. Our main criteria to be evaluated in this post was that the software needed to give each participant the option to join the conference by video. The focus of this blog was for business use and isn’t an exhaustive review of all the options available.
This blog doesn’t look at the ‘broadcast’ style video conference where a small number of people present via video conference to a large number of attendees (often marketed as Video Events or something similar).
We conducted a price comparison for Video Conferencing software based on the published website pricing as at 10 April 2020. The chart below includes two examples to show the pricing in as ‘like for like’ format as we could:
Notes on the chart:
- BlueJeans offers a plan for up to 150 participants but the pricing was not advertised on the website and we didn’t want to raise an unnecessary request for pricing during the Covid-19 crisis.
- Zoom has a free version for up to 100 participants with a 40 minute limit.
- GoToMeeting has a limit of 25 video feeds
Detailed Pricing Comparison
|Approximate Pricing – Prices Rounded
|Google Hangouts Meet||
(Until 1 July 2020 all Gsuite customers can have up to 250 participants at no extra cost)
|GoToMeeting (by LogMeIn)||
The right system for you will depend on your specific requirements. We conducted some desk based research to give readers a sense of the average rating per system. We also conducted a small sample LinkedIn survey to supplement our knowledge and built that into our rating per system.
(based on various review sites)
|Google Hangouts Meet||4.0|
|GoToMeeting (by LogMeIn)||4.0|
|Maximum Number of Participants in the Video Conference
|Zoom||100 on Free plan
500 with Large Meeting add-on
|Google Hangouts Meet||250|
|GoToMeeting (by LogMeIn)||150 on Professional
250 on Business
3000 on Enterprise
Note: limit of 25 video feeds
|Cisco Webex||100 on free plan (increase from 50)
200 on Business Plan
|BlueJeans||25 on Standard plan
75 on Pro plan
100 on Large Meeting Plan
150 by agreement
|RingCentral||4 on Standard Plan
100 on Premium Plan
200 on Ultimate Plan
Which video conferencing software offers Breakout Group / Breakout Room functionality?
- Cisco Webex
Zoom has been in the news a lot recently given the huge growth in usage and some criticism around security. Several improvements were made to Zoom security after the release of these articles. With all these systems it is worth considering security and what you may need to include now in your privacy notice and employee contracts.
If you would like to explore more about each of these options, these resources are helpful:
- Capterra Video Conferencing including Reviews
- PCMag The Best Video Conferencing Software for 2020
- TechRadar Best Video Conferencing Software
What is your experience?
What has your experience been of video conferencing software recently? We’d love to hear your views.