Meetings in this day and age are different. Some may still prefer to sit in a boardroom and pass out papers with the meeting agenda. However some feel it’s time to change how, where and what medium is used for meetings.
A vast number of different technologies exist to be able to have a meeting from your home office or your bedroom. There are hardware devices, which can plug in to your network, such as teleconference cameras, with built-in microphones, all you need is an active Internet connection and you’re good to go.
Some other methods of remote meetings include Skype. Skype has a feature called “Group Calls”, it’s this feature which makes it possible to meet with multiple people at the same time, on one call, with video support. Group calls is not free however. Some of the features with Skype and group calling are the ability of send files to the conference call members, and share one or more persons computers screens. That’s perfect if you have a PowerPoint demonstration to show.
Other such applications include Join.me. Join.me is a remote support and remote meeting application built by LogMeIn. Techs at Group 4 Networks sometimes rely on Join.me. We love it, because its fast, and simple to get everyone connected. Join.me offers crystal clear sound quality, you can control other people’s computers, has the ability to have up to 250 people at a time in one meeting, and you can also easily record the meetings if you wanted to. Join.me is quite similar in terms of features as Skype. Join.me has the advantage with the meeting recorder ability.
Teamviewer is the last program we will mention. As the other programs are one time session based, after the meeting is ended, no one can join back in. TeamViewer can be configured as a remote desktop application, to access a computer remotely without any complications. This is perfect if you want to help out a friend, colleague or a client remotely. At the same time it has the ability to create meetings. On the remote desktop side, TeamViewer differs from the others with its remote printing capability. This is perfect if you absolutely neede to print a document from your home computer, to your office printer, or vice versa.
If you had to compare the three applications mentioned, they all have the same basic functionality. You can see attendee’s desktops, all programs have voice and webcam support, and each program can send files to the meeting participants and so on. The major differences are really the small minor extra features, such as remote printing (TeamViewer) and scheduling (TeamViewer and Join.me). Two aspects can define which program your organization will use, the pricing between all three applications and the ease of use for each program. One program may have a nicer interface where another may perform an action a quicker way. The choice is really up to you. All three of these services are rock solid stable and have been around for years.