Comparison of web conferencing software

This list is a comparison of web conferencing software available for Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms. Many of the applications support the use of videoconferencing.

Comparison chartEdit

Program License Capacity
Linux

 

macOS

 

Microsoft Windows
Audio Support

 

Video Support
Video Quality
Chat Support
Desktop Sharing
Support
Whiteboard
Upload PPT
Upload PDF
Upload Doc/DocX
Co-browsing
Mobile Device
Support
Break-Out rooms
Security Access
Encrypted
communication
Host meeting
from Mobile
Attend meeting
from Mobile
Cloud Based
Recording
capabilities
VoIP
Embeddable
Dial in
Adobe Connect Proprietary 1-1500
(80 000 w/webcast)
Partial      [note 1]   1080p, 360°[1][failed verification]    [note 2]          [note 3] ✓ iPhone, iPad, and Android[2]         iOS, Android and RIM        [3]  
alfaview Proprietary 1-500           HQ                           One-time download        
AT&T Connect Proprietary 1-1500  [note 4]         HQ                         iOS, Android, RIM and Windows Phone     ? ? ?
AnyMeeting Proprietary 1-200  [4]         HQ               ✓ iPad and Android Tablets[5]         iOS and Android Tablets     ? ? ?
BigBlueButton LGPL, GPL 1-150+[6][self-published source]           VGA, HQ                               Yes Yes  
Cisco WebEx Proprietary 1-3000           VGA, HQ, HD                     ✓ 256-bit AES,PKI,End-to-end (Transport layer: 128-bit

SSLv3)

✓ iOS devices, Android, and BlackBerry     ✓ Computer-based and Server-based   ?  
Conference XP Apache License 2.0 ?           Full HD   ?   ? ? ?   ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   ? ? ?
LogMeIn GotoMeeting Proprietary 1-1000  [note 5]         VGA, HD     Whiteboard Anywhere  [note 6]  [note 7]  [note 8]  [note 9]              [note 10]   ? ?  
Facebook Messenger Rooms Proprietary 1-50
Fuze Meeting Proprietary 1-1000 Partial[7]   ✓ (Vista, 7 & 8)     HD, QVGA               ✓ Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet                 ?  
Genesys Meeting Center Proprietary 125+           VGA     ?     ?           ?       ? ? ?
Google Meet Proprietary 100-250           HD                               ? ?  
HCL Sametime Proprietary ?           VGA, HQ, HD (H.264)                               ? ? ?
iMeet Proprietary Up to 125 Partial[8]         HD                               ? ? ?
InterCall Unified Meeting (IUM) Proprietary 125+ Partial         VGA     ?     ?                   ? ?  
Jami GNU General Public License ?           VGA, HQ, HD (H.264), HEVC (H.265)     ? ? ? ? ? ✓ iOS and Android ?       iOS and Android ?   ? ? ?
Jitsi Meet Apache License 75           VGA, HQ, HD (H.264)               ✓ iOS and Android ?       iOS and Android           [9]
Lifesize Proprietary 1-300
(10,000 webinar)
 [10]         HQ                                    
Microsoft Live Meeting (discontinued) Proprietary ?           VGA, HQ                           Partial   ? ? ?
Microsoft Teams Proprietary 10?, 250-10000
(250-10000 paid)
          VGA, HQ, HD      [11]                 ? iOS, Android, WebRTC Partial ✓ (Paid) ? ? ✓ (paid; add-on)
Mikogo Proprietary 1-25                   ? ? ? ?   ?             ? ? ?
Netviewer Proprietary 1-100           VGA     ? ? ? ? ?   ?     ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
omNovia Web Conference Proprietary 2-5 000           VGA                 ?     ?       ? ? ?
OpenMeetings Apache License 1-125           VGA               ? ?     ? ? ?  [12] ? ? ?
PowWow365 Proprietary 1-500                                     iOS (iPhone, iPad)     ? ? ?
Skype Proprietary 1 to 50 Partial[note 11]         VGA, HQ, HD                 ?             ? ? ?
Skype for Business (discontinued) Proprietary 1 to 1000
(10 000 webinar[citation needed])
          VGA, HQ, HD                 ?         Partial     ?  
StarLeaf Proprietary 1-300
(Unlimited streaming audience)
Partial         HD                           Yes     ?  
TeamViewer Proprietary 1-25           VGA     ?  [note 12]  [note 12] ?           ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
TrueConf Proprietary 1-1,000           Ultra HD                       iOS, Android, WebRTC iOS, Android, WebRTC          [13]
VenueGen Proprietary 1-500        [note 1]   VGA    [note 2] ?     ?  [note 3]         ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
VideoMost Proprietary 1-250
(+1500 video broadcast)
          HD, Full HD, Ultra HD (4K)               ✓ iPad, Android Phones & Tablets         iPad, Android Phones & Tablets       API VideoMost ?
WizIQ Proprietary Up to 1 999           VGA, HQ, HD                                 API Web Services ?
Yuuguu Proprietary 1-30                 ?     ?       ?       ? ? ? ? ?
Zoho Proprietary 1-250           ?                                    
Zoom Video Communications Proprietary 50-500
(10,000 webinar)
Partial[note 11]         HD                      [14]     One-time download     ?  
Program License Capacity
Linux

 

macOS

 

Microsoft Windows
Audio Support

 

Video Support
Video Quality
Chat Support
Desktop Sharing
Support
Whiteboard
Upload PPT
Upload PDF
Upload Doc/DocX
Co-browsing
Mobile Device
Support
Break-Out rooms
Security Access
Encrypted
communication
Host meeting
from Mobile
Attend meeting
from Mobile
Cloud Based
Recording
capabilities
VoIP
Embeddable
Dial in

TerminologyEdit

In the table above, the following terminology is intended to be used to describe some important features:

  • Audio Support: the remote control software transfers audio signals across the network and plays the audio through the speakers attached to the local computer. For example, music playback software normally sends audio signals to the locally attached speakers, via some sound controller hardware. If the remote control software package supports audio transfer, the playback software can run on the remote computer, while the music can be heard from the local computer, as though the software were running locally.
  • Co-Browsing: the navigation of the Web by several people accessing the same web pages at the same time. When session leader clicks on a link, all other users are transferred to the new page. Co-browsers should support multiple frames and support embedded multimedia (e.g., if a page contains a video player, the session leader may commence synchronized playback for all users. Passing URLs via other tools such as a chat or phone and entering them into browser by each user is not considered co-browsing.
  • File Transfer: the software allows the user to transfer files between the local and remote computers, from within the client program's user interface.
  • Unified Communications (UC) is a marketing buzzword describing the integration of real-time, enterprise, communication services such as instant messaging (chat), presence information, voice (including IP telephony), mobility features (including extension mobility and single number reach), audio, web & video conferencing, fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), desktop sharing, data sharing (including web connected electronic interactive whiteboards), call control and speech recognition with non-real-time communication services such as unified messaging (integrated voicemail, e-mail, SMS and fax). UC is not necessarily a single product, but a set of products that provides a consistent unified user-interface and user-experience across multiple devices and media-types.[15]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Supports two-way teleconference integration
  2. ^ a b Linux users may only view another user's desktop
  3. ^ a b Yes, but only via a screen-sharing "pod" with control permissions granted
  4. ^ Web based client without the ability to share
  5. ^ Requires HTML5 enabled browsers
  6. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  7. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  8. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  9. ^ Mouse and Keyboard control can be shared with multiple user.
  10. ^ New HTML5 enabled browsers will be able to join without downloads, with reduced features.
  11. ^ a b Requires installation of closed-source software.
  12. ^ a b Any upload possible

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adobe (2012-01-11). "Podium HD Pod". Adobe. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  2. ^ Adobe. "Adobe Connect Mobile". Adobe. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ Designed for VOIP; requires additional service to support phone. See URL https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/kb/audio-choices-connect.html
  4. ^ AnyMeeting (2013-11-22). "Presenter - Frequently Asked Questions". AnyMeeting. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  5. ^ chrisb (23 April 2013). "AnyMeeting Rolls Out New Mobile Apps for iPad and Android". AnyMeeting. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  6. ^ Dixon, Fred. "FAQ". BigBlueButton. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  7. ^ How do I get the Fuze Linux App? : Fuze Support Archived 2011-08-23 at the Wayback Machine. Support.fuzemeeting.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  8. ^ Can iMeet run on Linux? | iMeet Community. Community.imeet.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  9. ^ "Jitsi offers a telephony interface that allows users to dial into a conference or for placing dial-out reminder calls. You can try this for free on meet.jit.si. Self-installed Jitsi Meet deployments will need to setup and configure Jigasi with a SIP provider to connect to the phone network." jitsi.org. "JitsiMeet". jitsi.org. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Video Conferencing Apps for Desktop, Mobile and Browsers".
  11. ^ "Manage the Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams"
  12. ^ User's Manual, page 18
  13. ^ "How to join conferences and call TrueConf users from a regular phone"
  14. ^ "It's Here! 5 Things to Know About Zoom 5.0". 27 April 2020.
  15. ^ Pleasant, Blair (2008-07-28). "What UC is and isn't". SearchUnifiedCommunications.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26. UC is not a single product but rather a solution made up of a variety of communication tools and components. [...] UC is a comprehensive solution that ties several components together with user experience.