Webconferencing software

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Webconferencing software (also known as web conferencing software, particularly, web conferencing system, webconferencing system, webconferencing platform, or, more broadly, conferencing platform; hereinafter, the Software) is software, a software application, or software system that supports webconferencing including just audio conferencing and audiovisual conferencing conducted over the Internet.

Videoconferencing software is a subset of the Software since videoconferencing may not necessarily include video. For instance, webconferencing can be conducted using phone calls only.


Features

Chat support, desktop sharing support, recording capabilities

Comparison of proprietary applications

Application License Capacity OS Video Whiteboard Upload Co-browsing Mobile Device Support Break-out Sessions Security Access Encrypted communication Host from Mobile Attend from Mobile Cloud-based no download VoIP Embeddable Dial-in by phone
Adobe Connect Proprietary <1500 (80 000 w/webcast) Linux, MacOS, Windows VGA, HQ, HD Yes PPT, PDF Yes iPhone, iPad, Android Yes Yes Yes Yes iOS, Android, RIM Yes Yes No Yes
BigBlueButton LGPL, GPL <80 Linux, MacOS, Windows VGA, HQ Yes PPT, PDF, DocX No Yes Yes Yes No Coming soon Android Yes Yes Yes Unknown
Cisco WebEx Proprietary <3000 MacOS, Windows VGA, HQ, HD Yes PPT, PDF, DocX Yes Yes Yes Yes 256-bit AES,PKI, End-to-end (Transport layer: 128-bit

SSLv3)

iOS, Android, BlackBerry Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes
LogMeIn GotoMeeting Proprietary <1000 Linux, MacOS, Windows VGA, HD Yes No (available only in GoToTraining) Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (with reduced features) Yes Unknown Unknown Yes
Google Meet Proprietary <25 (30 for GSuite users) Linux, MacOS, Windows HD No PPT, PDF, DocX No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Enterprise Edition only
OpenMeetings Apache License <125 Linux, MacOS, Windows VGA Yes PPT, PDF, DocX Yes Unknown Unknown No Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Skype Proprietary Linux, MacOS, Windows VGA, HQ, HD No PPT, PDF, DocX No Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Unknown Unknown
Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) Proprietary <1000 MacOS, Windows VGA, HQ, HD Yes PPT, PDF, DocX Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Unknown Unknown Unknown
TeamViewer Proprietary <25 Linux, MacOS, Windows VGA Unknown PPT, PDF Yes Yes No Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zoho Proprietary <5000 Linux, MacOS, Windows Unknown No PPT No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zoom Video Communications Proprietary <500 (10,000 webinar) Linux, MacOS, Windows HD Yes PPT, PDF, DocX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Unknown Yes

Comparison of open-source applications

  • OpenMeetings. One of the most popular open-source webconferencing tools online today. In addition to video conferencing, it features instant messaging, document sharing and editing, whiteboard, and a variety of other useful apps, such as the Red5 Streaming Server that allows you to stream and share remotely. The platform provides webcam, microphone, screen sharing, and recording support, as well.
  • BigBlueButton. This open-source webconferencing tool is hosted at Google code and is comprised of more than 14 different open source components. This makes it easy to use, flexible, and scalable. eLearning moderators have the ability to control the audio tools for the entire audience, and can even give online learners and collaborators the chance to present their ideas and opinions to the rest of the class. Annotation tools are also included, thanks to the integrated whiteboard that enables you to zoom in, highlight key ideas, and draw notes directly onto your virtual presentation.
  • Jitsi. Features HD audio with Opus, full security encryption, desktop sharing, and integrated chat support. You can also transfer files and send professional webinar and video conferencing invites to your attendees thanks to their customized URLs. A few other perks of using Jitsi are: video relaying, an active support community, and an integrated media library. It runs on all operating systems, including Mac and Linux. If you run into any issues, their site provides a comprehensive FAQ that covers a number of useful topics, which is a notable benefit for those who are new to the world of online video conferencing.
  • https://blog.capterra.com/4-open-source-video-conferencing-tools-for-small-businesses/

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