The video conferencing app is known for easy to use interface and features. Zoom works on Android, iOS, PC, and Mac. The basic free plan hosts up to 100 participants. The app offers HD video and audio capabilities. There are powerful collaboration tools like simultaneous screen sharing, co-annotation, and the ability to record meetings and generate transcripts.
Zoom offers integration with various tools including Gmail and Slack. The tool offers an option to communicate via chat. The feature is also helpful if it’s a large all-hands meeting. The premium plans for small and medium business teams start from $15 per month per host. Large enterprises have to pay $20 per month per host, with a minimum 50 paying hosts.
While this is the most popular video conferencing tool available, it has been poised with several data privacy and security issues. Zoom has been in news for data leak concerning millions of users. Privacy experts have expressed concerns over not offering end-to-end encryption for meetings.
Microsoft Teams is a workplace collaboration tool which is part of Office 365. Teams offers video conferencing, chat, and audio calling features. The app has a similar interface as Slack. You can chat with members in private and public channels. The video chat allows up to 250 members joining at a time. It allows broadcasting the video to over 10,000 people.
The platform offers unique features such as sharing meeting agendas prior to a conference, inviting external guests to join a meeting and access past meeting recordings, and notes. Microsoft claims that it follows the best security practices, the company claims that it doesn’t track the user data.
Teams is included in the Microsoft 365 subscription. You can also download a free version. The company has lifted the limitations on free versions to help businesses and schools to use it without a traditional subscription package.