No doubt life has become much easier, happier and comfortable since we have been introduced to this new era of applications like Zoom, Skype or Hangouts. Sit anywhere with a great WiFi speed and reach out to the people as and when you want.

Nowadays, due to COVID-19, the scenario has changed drastically. With people working from home, these applications are in use more and the offices are even purchasing them if needed. If you’re thinking of signing up for one of them but don’t know which one to go with, we have you covered. We compare the two side-by-side to figure out which tool comes out on top in the Zoom vs Skype vs Google Hangouts Meet battle. Let’s dive in.

Skype

An old generation application, which cannot be compared to applications used today. It has multiple drawbacks like it is blocked in certain countries where VoIP services are restricted. U.A.E for instance. Skype has issues if you are a Microsoft shop and your attendees are also Microsoft customers. Skype wants everyone to be on the same domain. Due to such shortcomings in this application, people have given up using this application.

Microsoft Skype review

Google Hangouts

Then came the google hangouts application which gave people the access and allowed them to talk from where ever possible but with great connectivity of a network. For this, you just need a Gmail account and boom you are ready to talk to anyone from anywhere. But then it has many limitations like the upper limit of Google Hangouts Meet is 250 participants. For recording the meeting or screen, Hangouts Meet users only get access to it if they sign up for the most expensive plan available. It’s part of Google G Suite subscription that’s aimed at businesses and includes a bunch of other services. These include the ability to use Gmail with a company email address (and without ads), access to services like Hangouts Chat, and additional Google Drive cloud storage.

How to use Google Hangouts

Pricing starts at $6 {456.97 Indian Rupee}per month and allows for up to 100 people to join a meeting. The number goes up to 150 for the next plan in line that will set you back $12{914.40 Indian Rupee} per month, while the most expensive plan goes for $25{1,905.00 Indian Rupee} a month and allows for up to 250 participants per meeting. It’s also the only one of the three plans to support recordings.

Zoom Cloud Meetings

Without much adieu, introducing the very new leader and face of online web conferences, the Zoom app. This app was not much known until the break of COVID-19. With every office work to colleges and school studies, shifted to online mode, people have started using this application every single day. There are numerous reasons which make this application selling like hot cakes among every other company or college program. Some of the most loved reasons are-

  • Hosts upto 100 participants
  • Unlimited 1 to 1 meeting
  • Unlimited number of meets
  • Online support
  • Web conferencing feature
  • Group collaboration feature
  • Screen recording
  • Security

Just with one disadvantage, Zoom meets only run for a strict time period of 40 minutes. Therefore, you have a limited time on the free-plan subscription

How Zoom Employees use Zoom

Which to pick finally?

There no doubt that Zoom is the better option overall. In addition to offering a lot more features, it also has a free plan available that’s great for one-on-one meetings as well as short (under 40 minutes) group meetings. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a better option for you.

If the free plan’s limitation doesn’t get in the way of your meetings, go with Zoom. There’s no sense in paying for something you can get for free. However, if Zoom’s 40-minute limitation is a problem for your business, you will have to pay up. The choice of which of the two services you should spend your money on comes down to what it is you’re looking for in a video conferencing tool.

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If you care about at least one of the features offered by Zoom that you don’t get with Hangouts Meet, I’d suggest that you go with Zoom. It will hardly break the bank, as it starts at just $15 per month. But if you don’t care about Zoom’s extra bells and whistles and all you want is a video conferencing tool that’s super easy to use, Hangouts Meet may be the better option for you. It’s also cheaper, coming in at just $6 per month.

You also have to consider all the extra benefits you get with a G Suite account. Remember, Hangouts Meet is just one of the many services included in a subscription, while Zoom is a standalone service.

If you’re still on the fence regarding which of the two tools to use, we suggest you try them out both. Zoom has a free plan available, while G Suite offers a 14-day free trial on some of its applications. Hands-on experience will definitely help in your decision-making process.

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