Google Meet Vs Zoom Vs Skype

Google Meet Vs Zoom Vs Skype



The COVID-19 pandemic  has forced governments to shut down the economy in an attempt to control the spread of the virus. As more and more people started working from home, there was an increased need for good video conferencing services. The best of these are Google Meet, Zoom, and Skype.

All three video conferencing services have their own set of advantages. Here’s a look at the features and pricing plans of all three available options.

Google Meet

Google Meet is an upgraded version of Google Hangouts. It is specifically designed for conducting online video conferences and other business meetings such as webinars.

Google Meet Apps are available on Apple’s App Store, Android’s Play Store, the Web, as well as Chromebooks. To start a meeting on Google Meet, you need to “join or start a meeting” at meet.google.com.

Features

Google Meet allows participants to share their screen and send files via the chat option. Users can even access HD video meetings depending on the type of device they are using.

An Enterprise user of Google Meet can record their meetings and save them on Google Drive on the Google Calendar event. Moreover, if a participant is unable to join a meeting through a video phone, they could attend via phone without paying any additional fee.

Google Meet’s camera has an all-in-one speaker, a wide-view, along with a noise-canceling and echo-reduction microphone.

Pricing

When it comes to pricing, Google Meet offers its user a few different pricing plans to choose from. Even though a free version of Meet wasn’t initially available, Google now offers free access to a limited version of the service to all its users. The free version allows 100 participants to join at once and has a time limit of 60 minutes.

To get access to more features, users will have to subscribe to any one of the three Google Suite tiers. The Basic Plan of G Suite is priced at $6 per month and allows video calls of 100 participants. The Business Plan costs $12 per month and allows a maximum of 150 participants. The Enterprise plan, priced at $25, allows 250 participants to attend a meeting.

Zoom

Zoom is currently the leader in the video conferencing market. Unlike Google Meet, invitees to a Zoom meeting do not need to have an account on Zoom. This means that anyone can click on a Zoom meeting link to join it. THE Zoom app is available on multiple platforms including App Store, Play Store, Mac, and Windows computers.

The common feature between Zoom and Google Meet is that both allow users to invite other participants to join a meeting. Both platforms don’t require a paid account for start or join a meeting.

Features

One of the most popular features of Zoom is its Gallery view that can display up to 49 participants on a single screen.

Zoom even allows users to record their meetings in either audio (M4A) or video (MP4) formats. These files are locally saved on the participant’s device. Unlike Google Meet, this recording feature is accessible by free Zoom users as well.

Zoom also allows users to share their screen with other participants. Moreover, users can also turn on real-time captions during a meeting to better understand what other participants are saying.

Pricing

The most basic of Zoom is accessible for free. However, there are some limitations to this version. For instance, users can only conduct meetings of up to 100 people with a time limit of 40 minutes.

Zoom’s pricing structure is a little complex. The Pro plan is priced at $14.99 per month per host. It allows personal meeting IDs, long meetings of up to 24 hours, and more. The Business plan is priced at $19.99 per month per host with a minimum limit of 10 hosts. This version allows up to 300 people to join a meeting at a single time.

Lastly, there’s the Enterprise plan which also costs $19.99 per month per host. However, it has a minimum limit of 100 hosts. The Enterprise plan allows meetings of up to 500 participants and offers advanced features such as unlimited cloud storage.

Skype

Skype is well known for being one of the de facto online communication apps.

 Even though the service traditionally focused on private users, it has recently launched a business version of the application called Skype for Business.

Features

Skype’s features are very similar to the ones offered by Google Meet and Zoom. For instance, it allows users to communicate via group chats and share images, documents, and videos. Skype is also available over Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. Moreover, the screen sharing option is also available on Skype.

Skype only allows 50 participants to join a meeting. Its features also include closed captioning. Skype can easily be integrated with Outlook for additional features. Lastly, users can record video calls on Skype and can access them for up to 30 days.

Pricing

Skype’s subscription is priced at $2 per month per user. However, like other services, Skype offers multiple plans as well. Skype’s entry-level plan, known as Microsoft Office Business Essentials, is priced at $5 per month. This plan allows users to only access audio and HD video, and group IM.

The premium plan costs $12.5 per month per user. It offers more advanced features including application and desktop sharing, video, and audio recording along with HD video calls.

The Final Verdict

At the core, Google Meet, Zoom, and Skype are all video conferencing services and offer similar features, albeit at different prices. All three platforms have their own set of pros and cons.  

For instance, when it comes to pure video conferencing, Zoom seems to have an edge over Skype and Google Meet. It offers multiple features at different price points. Moreover, Zoom’s highest-priced plan allows a large number of participants to join.

However, if you’re looking to use other applications along with video conferencing, then Google Meet takes the lead. This is because it comes with a G-Suite account that includes several powerful Google applications including Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Calendar. Google Meet is also suitable for participants who are unable to join via video and need to connect through call.

Therefore, one platform may be better suited to your needs, depending on what features you need and the size of your team.


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