It’s time to re-evaluate web conferencing software. It’s been about six months since the last time I talked about this topic, but since training software changes more rapidly than training videos and audio systems (each week, you can find improvements in quality, functionality and compatibility with conferencing SaaS); it makes sense that software would be the focus.
At one point in time, programs like Skype and Netmeeting dominated these fields, but now the landscape has changed. SaaS has ventured into the web conferencing software industry and fortunately it has done so quite smoothly.
When it comes to training, very often there is an emphasis on communication. So, you must choose wisely when selecting software for conferencing. If something goes wrong, especially when live, it can be disastrous, to say the least.
So, let me give you a tour of the best SaaS web conferencing providers available today. Note that the order of these providers is meaningless; all of the software is equally viable, it just depends on what you’re looking for.
I have mentioned GoToMeeting before, but over time, this software system has become even more impressive and more feature-rich than it ever was.
GoToMeeting offers instant messaging with a single click. You get one-time meeting schedules, recurring meetings, integration with Outlook, mobile compatibility, HD video, audio conferencing, desktop sharing and even recording and drawing tools. GoToMeeting also offers full interactive meetings over a number of devices (phone, computer etc..), from anywhere, at any time. It’s that easy to use.
GoToMeeting has become a bit more expensive than it once was, so I recommend this for medium and large businesses more so than smaller ones.
Easy to use, simple and very solid. This well priced web conferencing software has anything you need to put up the best webinar or meeting possible. The only drawback is their 250 attendees limit. So if you are looking to arrange a full blown massive event. Another option is needed.
RingCentral is the big one. This web conferencing tool has the largest feature set I have seen among conferencing suites. The list is so extensive, I can’t really list them all here, but allow me to highlight some of the biggest ones.
RingCentral offers compatibility and integration with toll free numbers, voice mail and email interoperability and dropbox and drive integration. It also offers directory listings, VoIP, softphone, Salesforce integration, call screening, call forwarding, answering rules and much more.
RingCentral is very pricey, but given its feature set,I consider this a one size fits all solution for your needs. I’ve had a chance to demo the software and I was very, very impressed.
The 3 providers listed above are the best web conferencing software solutions out there… for now, As you can see we’ve come a long way from traditional conferencing, and it’s only getting better.