Zoom Meeting

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  1. Zoom Meeting
  2. Skype
  3. FreeConference
  4. Google Meet
  5. Cisco Webex Meetings

1. Zoom Meeting

Feature-packed free video conferencing with secure encryption.

Up to 100 participants
256-bit TLS encryption
40-minute limit for larger meetings

Available for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android, Zoom Meeting has lots of bases covered. There are free and paid-for tiers to choose from, but even in the free version you can hold either one-on-one meetings, or group meetings involving up to 100 people – however for meetings with three or more participants, there is a 40-minute time limit.

There are some nice touches such as desktop and application sharing, whiteboarding and annotations, and features which you have to pay for in competing product, such as recording meetings in MP4 or M4A format.

256-bit TLS encryption ensure that the meetings you hold, and the files you share within them, are secure. There are plugins available for Microsoft Outlook and Chrome which can be used for scheduling meetings, and administrator have a great deal of control over chat meetings and rooms. Zoom Meeting can also be used as a basic chat tool, but if you’re needs are a little greater – such as needing support for more participants – there are various well-priced packages available.

Skype

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2. Skype

Microsoft’s video conferencing app has a generous free tier.