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] VGA, HQ, HD[1][failed verification] [note 2] [note 3] ✓ iPhone, iPad, and Android[2] iOS, Android and RIM X[3]
alfaview Proprietary 1-500 HQ X X X X One-time download X X
AT&T Connect Proprietary 1-1500 [note 4] HQ iOS, Android, RIM and Windows Phone Un­known Un­known Un­known
AnyMeeting Proprietary 1-200 X[4] HQ X X ✓ iPad and Android Tablets[5] X X iOS and Android Tablets Un­known Un­known Un­known
BigBlueButton LGPL, GPL 1-150+[6][self-published source] VGA, HQ Yes Yes
Cisco WebEx Proprietary 1-3000 No 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 Un­known
Conference XP Apache License 2.0 Un­known No No Full HD Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
LogMeIn GotoMeeting Proprietary 1-1000 [note 5] VGA, HD Whiteboard Anywhere X[note 6] X[note 7] X[note 8] [note 9] X [note 10] Un­known Un­known
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 X Un­known
Genesys Meeting Center Proprietary 125+ VGA Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Glance Proprietary 100 X X X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known X X X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Google Meet Proprietary 100-250 HD X X Un­known Un­known
HCL Sametime Proprietary Un­known VGA, HQ, HD (H.264) Un­known Un­known Un­known
iMeet Proprietary Up to 125 Partial[8] HD X X X Un­known Un­known Un­known
InterCall Unified Meeting (IUM) Proprietary 125+ Partial VGA Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known
Jami GNU General Public License Un­known VGA, HQ, HD (H.264), HEVC (H.265) Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known ✓ iOS and Android Un­known iOS and Android Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Jitsi Meet Apache License 75 VGA, HQ, HD (H.264) X X X X ✓ iOS and Android Un­known iOS and Android [9]
Livestorm Proprietary 1-2000 HQ, HD (H.264) X X X X X Un­known Un­known
Lifesize Proprietary 1-300 (10,000 webinar) X[10] HQ X
Microsoft Live Meeting (discontinued) Proprietary Un­known VGA, HQ X X X Partial Un­known Un­known Un­known
Microsoft Teams Proprietary 10?, 250-10000 (250-10000 paid) VGA, HQ, HD [11] X Un­known iOS, Android, WebRTC Partial ✓ (Paid) Un­known Un­known ✓ (paid; add-on)
Mikogo Proprietary 1-25 X X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known
Netviewer Proprietary 1-100 X X VGA Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known X Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
omNovia Web Conference Proprietary 2-5 000 VGA Un­known X X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
OpenMeetings Apache License 1-125 VGA Un­known Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known [12] Un­known Un­known Un­known
PowWow365 Proprietary 1-500 X X iOS (iPhone, iPad) Un­known Un­known Un­known
Skype Proprietary 1 to 50 Partial[note 11] VGA, HQ, HD X X Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known
Skype for Business (discontinued) Proprietary 1 to 1000 (10 000 webinar[citation needed]) X VGA, HQ, HD Un­known Partial Un­known
StarLeaf Proprietary 1-300 (Unlimited streaming audience) Partial HD X X X Yes Un­known
TeamViewer Proprietary 1-25 VGA Un­known [note 12] [note 12] Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
TrueConf Proprietary 1-800 Ultra HD X X iOS, Android, WebRTC iOS, Android, WebRTC [13]
VenueGen Proprietary 1-500 X X [note 1] VGA [note 2] Un­known Un­known [note 3] X X X X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
VideoMost Proprietary 1-250 (+1500 video broadcast) HD, Full HD, Ultra HD (4K) ✓ iPad, Android Phones & Tablets iPad, Android Phones & Tablets API VideoMost Un­known
WizIQ Proprietary Up to 1 999 VGA, HQ, HD X API Web Services Un­known
Yuuguu Proprietary 1-30 X X X Un­known X X Un­known X X Un­known X Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Zoho Proprietary 1-250 Un­known X X X X
Zoom Video Communications Proprietary 50-500 (10,000 webinar) Partial[note 11] HD [14] One-time download Un­known
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. ^ https://www.lifesize.com/en/video-conferencing-app/multi-platform
  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. ^ https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/04/27/its-here-5-things-to-know-about-zoom-5-0/
  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.