If your company requires it A the system more secure video collaboration than that seems to provide Zoom , you may want to take a look at these options.
If you use Apple products, you can use Group FaceTime to replace meetings of Zoom . It supports up to 30 callers and has some clever features, such as placing the window that belongs to the current speaker in front. It is also very secure with end-to-end encryption.
The big problem: it is not cross-platform, which makes it a rather inefficient option most of the time for business.
Microsoft offers two video collaboration tools, Skype Yes Microsoft teams . Both have advantages that make them worthy alternatives to Zoom.
You can now use Skype without an account. Skype manages up to 50 people in a video conference or 150 people in a group text chat and supports group video chat. It’s solid, free, and now you can use it without an account or without downloading it. Available on most platforms, Skype offers a variety of useful features, including document and screen sharing.
However, Skype conversations are not end-to-end encrypted.
This is why so many companies now use Microsoft Teams. This highly secure solution supports 2FA security, data encryption and complies with dozens of industry-specific national, regional and security / privacy regulations. It also integrates well with other Microsoft productivity products, including Office 365.
For business professionals
There are a range of high power solutions for business users including Cisco Webex Meetings , TeamViewer Yes Go sit down .
Prices for these vary, but both Cisco Webex and TeamViewer offer free personal accounts, which can be seen as an advantage when working with socially isolated teams. If security and privacy are important to your business, Webex Meetings offers an end-to-end encryption option.
It’s worth considering if your business really needs end-to-end encryption. Although this will be mandatory for some strictly regulated industries, it may not be necessary for everyone, especially those using RPA systems, such as clock NoJitter .
Blue jeans Yes Jabber are also used throughout the company. The first is a payment system that is eminently multiplatform and supports up to 100 users (BlueJeans Enterprise); the latter is a Cisco product. It would also be worth taking a look at the new solution, Challo , what I have mentioned in the past .
Always very safe: sign
Signal , another extremely safe solution, supports video collaboration and offers the best end-to-end encryption in the business. It’s a complete collaboration solution, but it works on most platforms and allows you to share all your messages, photos, videos, files and video chat. It also supports group chats, although this does not extend to video collaboration, which must be individual.
The best advantage, apart from the most important security in the world? It’s free.
Jitsi: an open source tool for self-hosted systems
Jitsu is an open source video collaboration solution that has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks. Although I didn’t use the service, its advantages include the ability to set up a self-hosted collaboration system, although some reports claim that the video can sometimes be a little annoying.
The best thing about the system is its price (it’s free) and its high degree of security, although it does not support end-to-end encryption. Jitsi is available through mobile applications and can be hosted automatically, although you can also use the service’s own offer.
The fact that Jitsi can be hosted on its own can be a huge advantage, given that about 13% of companies already rely on the collaboration tools they maintain on their own servers, according to Nemertes .
There’s always Google Hangouts Meet
To help overcome the pandemic, Google has made the premium version of Hangouts Meet available for free to G Suite users for $ 6 / month / user.
One of the best things about this is that it supports up to 250 participants in a call, which makes it useful for large meetings. You can also stream live meetings for up to 100,000 people, which is good for larger companies trying to reach large groups.
The biggest negative factor is the lack of support for end-to-end encryption, which should be a red sign for any strictly regulated industry.