Virtual meeting platforms have enabled businesses to continue regularly communicating with each other whilst working from home. These online meeting platforms include features such as: audio video conferencing, chat, screen sharing, file sharing and reactions. A few examples of these platforms are: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Whereby and Google Meet.

1. Microsoft Teams

One of the most popular and best online meeting platforms during the last few years has been Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams have one of the best video conferencing features that enable you to conduct successful meetings whilst working from home.

You are able to record your online video meeting which is safely stored in the cloud & can be accessed by other participants at a later date. The chat option enables users to write down or discuss any thoughts before, during and after the meeting. Another great feature which makes Microsoft Teams so efficient is the ‘raise your hand’ option which tells other participants that you have something to say. That way the meeting doesn’t become disruptive as each person can have a turn to speak without interrupting the meeting

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2. Zoom

Zoom, upon initial release, completely surged in popularity and is known for how easy it is to use, which is ideal for businesses that aren’t as tech-savvy. Anyone can join Zoom (you don’t even need a Zoom account!) through simply sharing the URL. Users that do have a Zoom account can host virtual meetings of up to 100 people on the free plan that last for 40 minutes.

Another fun feature of Zoom is the breakout rooms which enable users to be split into separate temporary chats. This is ideal for networking meetings where users are able to get to know each other better in smaller groups through efficient video communication.

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3. Whereby

Whereby is a online video conference platform for users that are looking to host smaller meetings – up to four participants. One of the best features about Whereby is that it does not require you to download any applications or register in order to use it as it is browser based. It also allows for you to share your screen and conduct virtual activities which are perfect for brainstorming or going through a presentation.

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4. Google Meet

Google Meet was originally developed by Google for their enterprise customers. However as remote working became the new norm and platforms like Zoom surged in popularity, Google meet became available for all users worldwide that have a Google account. This platform enables meetings to host up to 250 participants with additional features to keep your data secure.

Video conferencing platforms help businesses save time whilst promoting collaboration & productivity. It is much more convenient and easier for people to “meet” as all you need is an internet connection to join a virtual meeting. This way meetings are less likely to be cancelled or postponed as it removes the travel aspect.

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Any business using Office 365 and Microsoft Teams can implement Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams to give them the ability to make and receive calls for mobiles and phone lines all from within the Teams app. For more information on how to to do this, speak with our IT technicians today by calling us on 0121 289 4477.