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Best Alternatives for Zoom for your Online Press Conferences

by Roveen Anyango
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Zoom was all the rage during the onset of the pandemic, going from a relatively obscure teleconferencing app, to a global brand all in a short few weeks.

However, perhaps you might not care for Zoom for one reason or another. So, what alternatives do you have?

Google Duo

Google Duo is a video conferencing app that you set up only with your phone number and allows you to connect with your contacts easily. Duo provides end-to-end encryption, meaning your messaging is safe.

It also records audio and video for you, allowing for easy sharing with contacts. Google Duo also allows writing and sending notes with text to contacts.

However, Duo will only let you have 32 participants at a time, so it might not be the best for a large teleconference.

Skype

Skype has been around since 2003 and was bought up by Microsoft in 2011. Despite losing a large percentage of its market share to Zoom in 2020, it remains a major player in video conferencing.

Skype offers clear HD video and voice which supports up to 50 participants. It also has a subtitle feature for ease of communication. You can also send messages and react while tagging the person you want to react to during the meeting.

Amazon Chime

Amazon Chime is probably the least-known teleconferencing app, yet it allows up to 150 participants.

Chime allows you to share screens during the video conference, allowing for major presentations with ease. It also has a Dial-in feature that allows people to call in to the host even if they don’t have mobile access.

Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conference that is a step up from Google Duo and is more professional and suited for large teleconferencing video calls, allowing for up to 250 participants. Meet allows sharing of screens and messages during meeting, while also allowing for captions and also making voice calls.

Many of these alternatives are stepping up after Zoom’s breakaway success. Still, you can check the above alternatives (and many more) if you feel Zoom isn’t ideal for your purpose.

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