The workplace as we know is changing.
Many companies are now using a hybrid model of home and office working.
As a result, videoconferencing has exploded!
So we've compiled a list of the best and free videoconferencing apps out there
Zoom became a household name last year with its easy setup and scalable features.
Favourite feature: Zoom offers different virtual backgrounds that are even customisable! So don't be confined to your boring room, maybe enjoy the beach setting at your next meeting!
Unlike the standard square layout of participants, Around crops participants to circles. Up to 15 users are able to use Around's automatic zoom and noise-cancelling to keep you in focus.
Favourite feature: Around's AI suppress unwanted noises like babies crying, dogs barking or annoying microphone echoes from your colleague in the same meeting room.
If you're a Google fanatic, you'll be familiar with Google meet. Anyone with a Google account will be able to use this videoconferencing service of up to 100 for an unlimited number of times for people up to 60 minutes.
Favourite feature: Be wowed by their live automated captioning, powered by Google's speech recognition technology.
Microsoft has been levelling up its collaboration platform for large enterprises, but this can still be used by pretty much anyone, anywhere.
Favourite feature: Unlike Zoom, you can continue to chat with participants before and after the video meeting.
LifeSize sets itself apart from other apps like Zoom with its support for video calls and screen sharing in 4k, this is made possible with their line of meeting room equipment such as the Lifesize Icon 700 webcam.
Favourite feature: We love the digital whiteboarding feature which makes drawing and diagraming effortless, this doesn't limit you to just chat or video calls to express your ideas.
Talky's strength is in its simplicity. Run by a small independent company in Western Australia, the no-frills website will break things down to the basics. Simply send them a link and begin video chatting. Don't worry you'll still be able to share your screen and lock your rooms for that extra privacy.
Favourite feature: Customise the video link by naming your room and adding that personal touch!
Whereby is a Norway based platform where you can host video chats without installing a single thing. Whereby can host up to 50 people, allowing you to to customise your meeting room backgrounds, record your meetings and share your screen.
Favourite feature: We love a eco-friendly touch. With every meeting you host, Whereby will plant a tree!
Tandem is a sleek video communication tool for remote teams, with its creative features such as 'Listening Mode' where you can join meetings as a listener without feeling obligated to talk.
Favourite feature: Nothing gets us through the day like a good tune. Create a Music Room which connects to Spotify so you can jam out with your mates in real-time.
Do you miss the office and work culture? Wurkr takes you back to the workplace with its virtual office which replicates your physical one! Wurkr differs from Zoom and Slack because it isn't simply a video conferencing tool but a whole virtual space.
Favourite feature: We love that you can customise your workspace to look just like the original, with room names and company logos. It's like you never left the office!
Pragli adds fun into remote meetings with its adorable avatars! Jump into meeting rooms in a clean layout and see all your teammates whether it be their avatar or a live video.
Favourite feature: We simple love the ability to customise your avatar to look like you, or maybe experiment with some funky hairstyles for the week!
If you're interested in remote working, make sure to check out Meetric to level up your productivity.
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