As people stay home to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus, many are using video calling services to stay connected to the outside world. And while most businesses have managed to hold on, they have had to send their employees on the work-from-home mode unless strictly necessary.
And in that situation, we examine some of the top technology tools designed to help improve communication for learning, work and social life. You can take a look at.
One of the most widely used video calling services is Zoom Cloud meeting, which is gaining fast popularity for its good features for both educations and business.
Zoom can be used on a computer or mobile device to hold high-quality one-on-one video or voice calls or video conferences involving groups. This free video conferencing app provides a pared-down service for group video calls. The basic plan lets a user conduct a 40-minute call with features like screen sharing, breakout rooms and local recording with group meetings of up to 100 people. The app receives high ratings in the Apple and Google Play stores for video quality and technical reliability.
Another very popular and Microsoft-owned app Skype which began in 2003 as an early example of free voice, video and messaging technology over the internet. This app is used for both personal and professional purposes. The free version gives one access to 10-way calling and a directory that can be populated by individual users.
Skype can be used on computers or mobile devices to make high-quality video and voice calls for individuals and groups. The service is free for Skype-to-Skype calls worldwide. But users have to pay for some services, such as calling a landline or mobile phone or sending text messages.
One of the most popular services for remote workers is Slack, which offers video and voice calls and messaging. The free version permits one-on-one video and voice calls between team members. There is a cost for calls involving additional team members and other services. Slack also offers special programs to support educational organizations and student groups.
This one operates on the voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology. The free version of the app can accommodate up to 10 people on a single call. The business plan of Join.me can ensure a 250 person conference with ultra-resolution.
Other popular video calling services for home-based workers include Microsoft Teams and Google’s Hangouts Meet. Both offer a series of powerful tools to link employees to company systems and co-workers. The downside of these services is that they are designed to be used with other Microsoft and Google products. The app integrates itself with the search giant’s email service Gmail and can accommodate up to 10 people at a time in a conference call setup.