10 “Free” Online Meeting Software

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A few sentences for our grandchildren and our results:
My son, it was a time when we all went to work like children, sitting at conference tables and meeting with our teammates.
But thanks to the Corona virus, we had to hold our business meetings online and little by little we lost our pants ๐Ÿ™‚

 

It was once for himself; Hey, the image was disconnected and connected, there was no sound, we did not understand each other … but God forbid ๐Ÿ™‚

From now on, this article is about talking to my contemporaries. Because our grandchildren and great-grandchildren must have their online meetings done with artificial intelligence, while they themselves are fishing on the planet Mars!
In this article, we are going to talk about the benefits of holding online meetings, how they are held and what are the best software for holding online meetings in 99 and 1400.

Why are online meetings so important?

You will find almost no manager, employer or professional team that has not held their meetings online in the last two years.
Because chatting or video calling does not work as it should and maybe does not work and has a general problem. However, as the telecommuting situation continued, a way had to be found to hold the online meeting in the best possible way. The following is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of holding online meetings.

 

As you can see, the benefits of online meetings are highly practical and in the best interests of any business. Disadvantages are solvable and a good solution can be found for each.
The only problem that is not solved is the sweet human relationships that no matter how much you improve the quality of sound and image, you can not find similar in online meetings …

Microsoft Teams software, for example, has added this feature to its app to make people feel like they’re really in the same space. It will be added later, such as the classroom and coffee shop, but for now we have to be content with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Natural Background Online Meetings

Of course, many, after being forced to work remotely, realized what a gift they had received! Because a series of jobs do not really require a physical presence in the workplace, this method saves a lot of time and money. In fact, the culture of telecommuting took root in companies, and even after quarantine, many continued to do so.

How to hold online meetings

Experience has shown that if online meetings are held without prior planning, they will not have a happy ending. Therefore, it is better not to skip this section, because we are going to briefly review how to hold professional meetings online.

  1. First we need to choose the right software (in the next section, we will look at this in detail.) .
  2. Learn negotiation skills.
  3. Schedule the meeting in advance. Be sure to specify the topic of the meeting, the members of the meeting, the time of the meeting, etc. Most software has the ability to specify all of these topics.
  4. Set the rules of the meeting. For example, everyone must enter the platform 5 minutes before the start of the session. Or everyone should shut up to take their turn. Even if someone wants to say something, raise your hand.
  5. Learn how to negotiate in online meetings. For example, paying attention to body language or managing the members of the meeting is extremely useful.
  6. Lastly, make sure everyone has the opportunity to speak. Because there are usually one or two people who have fallen asleep behind their laptop due to unemployment.

 

Free online meeting software

As we said in the previous section, choosing the right software for holding online meetings is extremely important. Because this issue is completely related to the quality of your meetings. After a general review and based on our experience, we came up with a list of the best online meeting software that we will review below.

1. Google Meet (Google Meet)

Google Meet is one of the Google services for businesses that is very useful for holding online meetings.

One of the most attractive features is that you do not need to install the software on your computer, just go to meets.google.com and use it easily.

 

Google Mate automatically enhances the brightness of your image, removes extra noise from the background, has subtitles, and has the ability to adjust the grid. In addition, you can increase or decrease the image quality, share your computer screen with others (Screen Sharing) and record the session.

Because Google Mate is one of Google’s services, you can access it directly from within Gmail and your Google Calendar. What else do you want? ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Zoom (Zoom)

We are sure you have heard the name of this software, because it flourished from the first days of corona and quarantine. Let’s start by saying that zoom software is not completely free and its free version only has access to the following features:

  • You can have up to 100 people in meetings together.
  • You only have 40 minutes to complete your session.
  • But for two-person calls, there are no restrictions.

Zoom online meeting

Don’t worry anyway. You can do everything with the same free account you create. For example, you can record a meeting, move file types, chat online at the same time, react to the issues raised in the meeting with different waves, and share your computer screen with others.

3. Skype (Skype)

Well, we come to the part where we talk about the middle ground, Skype!
This software is always one of the first choices of people and in general, it drives our work.
To use Skype, you need to install the software / application on your computer / mobile and hold your meetings with a maximum of 50 people for free. You can have 10 four-hour phone calls during the day, and all you have to do is hold a meeting to send a link to the meeting.

Holding an online meeting on Skype

Skype also has the ability to share the page and send files, which you can use easily.

4. Discord (Discord)

As we go along, the number of people using Discord increases. Honestly, this software is so exciting in itself that you should definitely check it out!

They wrote on their website that this is a space to get together and everyone has a chance to talk.
You should note that the nature of this software is slightly different from Skype or Zoom. For example, in the beginning you create a channel, not an online meeting. But you can add up to 50 people to that channel and use its features. that’s mean:

  • Make a video or voice call.
  • Share any file you want.
  • Share your computer or mobile screen with others.
  • And besides, there are hundreds of useful and practical groups in Discord that you can Join them easily.

 

tip!!!

from this Comfortable member Do not be afraid to be in groups! If you want to have an online meeting for the company’s work, you can put your channel in Private mode from the beginning and give access to anyone you want.

5. Microsoft Thames (Microsoft Teams)

If you are a big fan of Microsoft software tablets; Be sure to check out the Thames software.

Microsoft Teams Online Meetings
This program is not completely free, but we are sure that its free version will meet your needs in the best way. for example:

  • You can hold your meetings audio and video.
  • You can attend a maximum of 100 people per session.
  • Each session can last up to 1 hour.
  • It is possible to share the page, change the background of people in video calling and schedule a meeting.
  • You can work on online word, Excel and PowerPoint files at the same time.

Microsoft claims that it has been able to create a simple and functional environment for its users to enjoy the company’s software as always.

6. Live Storm (Live Storm)

As we get closer to the end of this list, the popularity of software decreases. ๐Ÿ™‚
But do not worry, we have reviewed each of these softwares and introduce the best ones to you.
Livestorm, for example, is one of them, and it is enough to log in to their website with your browser and hold your online meeting after registering. (That means you do not need to install software!)

Live Storm Online Meeting

What are the features of the free Live Storm plan? โ€ŒAre there any?

You can have a meeting with a maximum of 4 people and each session can not last more than 20 minutes.
It also has the ability to share pages and file types.

7. Whereby (Whereby)

This program does not need to be installed and to use it, you must go to their website. Sign up there and once you have chosen your free plan, you can easily hold your online meetings.

Verbay, like other apps, has features like:

  • Page sharing
  • Share file types
  • It has voice, video and online chat.

Whereby online meeting

tip!!!

Every person can โ€Œonly be a meeting organizer and company โ€ŒThe meeting is attended by a maximum of 4 people.

Finding free and accurate software is not an easy task. But from now on, you can get help from this list whenever you want to have an online meeting.

Android online meeting software

In the previous section, we were introduced to a series of software, most of which, such as:

  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams

They also have a mobile version, and whether you are an Android or iPhone user, you can also install their application on your mobile phone and attend meetings with the application.

Practical suggestion

Some people who do not need to share pictures and record sessions online can easily use the video calling system of Google Apps, Instagram, Instagram, WhatsApp and Telegram.

Maximum number of video call participants per application:

As you know, there is a desktop version of all these applications that you can install on your computer and easily hold your online meetings with them. But again, these apps are used for more casual and intimate meetings and do not have many of the useful features we mentioned in the previous sections.

End of the session!

We hope you enjoy this article, and if you are going to have an online meeting, it is out of interest and logic … not quarantine and corona. In this article, we tried to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of holding online meetings and learned how to benefit from holding and participating in online meetings.
In the following, we also introduced 10 useful and scary applications and examined their features one by one.
By the way, have you ever used any other software? Be sure to write to us in the comments.

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