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Virtual Connections for Work

Virtual Connections for Work

There’s a lot of great technology out there for remote workers. Now that many companies across the globe have had to allow their employees to work remotely, discontinue travel and shut down common office space, they must find alternate ways to connect and stay in business. Phone conferencing has been around for a long time, but lack a visual experience and personal connection across departments and with clients. Even before mandated social distancing, video conferencing had become a useful tool for many companies. Now virtual connections are indispensable in doing business of any kind with more than one or two people off site. 

Video Conferencing and Chat Choices for Business

There are several choices of programs and platforms for video conferencing and connections for large and small groups in the same company, between companies and with potential or current clients. Business needs require capabilities that most personal chat programs do not address. Some of the functions needed for business include screen sharing, group texting, moderator mic control of participants, incorporation of presentations, app sharing, use of white top, desktop and file sharing, apps, groups task lists and company calendar posting.  Here is a list of several good video conference programs available:

  • Cisco Webex Meetings – Tech companies already know and trust Cisco systems so they often opt for this platform. They can service up to 100 participants simultaneously in HD, screen share and offer private chat rooms during the video conference. They offer just about every other feature other platform has, but with an assigned personal URL to coordinate files and recordings from meetings. 
  • Google Hangouts – With great features, GH draws from Google Drive and a company’s My Business account. Up to 150 people may connect with Google Hangouts, though videocalls are best with smaller groups of 10-25 people. Not as secure as other platforms, GH is still considered to be a prime group or company service.
  • Skype – Probably the best-known video platform out there, users are familiar with it, so it’s easy for large groups to figure it out. Its file-sharing, translation for up to 10 languages, video and photo sharing, screen sharing, and ability to interact with Outlook calendars makes Skype a good choice for companies in a hurry to set up virtual conferencing, even with less tech-savvy employees. 
  • Zoom Meeting – Companies should go with the paid version if they want to conference for longer than 40 minutes, but the free version still has many useful features. It can include up to 100 people over a conference chat. Unlike other applications, the free version includes notes and video recording, sharing of desktop and apps, a whiteboard, and file sharing.
Posted on April 29th, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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