Video conferencing is not a new concept, but it was transformed from an optional to a necessary tool in a matter of days last year.
Keeping in touch has been difficult. Unlike other types of information workers (writers, sales reps, marketers, and so on), who can work individually and only communicate with colleagues when there is anything specific to address, programmers do not have that luxury and must collaborate actively during the day.
There are numerous video calling apps available, but have you ever considered the variations between them, or which is the best option for you and your coding buddy?
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Because of the outstanding video quality and clear audio, Chanty allows you to hold meetings as though they were face-to-face. It can also be integrated with applications like Asana, Trello, Dropbox, and others.
You can also use Teambook to quickly access your chats and files. Another function that programmers will appreciate is code snippets, which enable you to share blocks of code with your team.
Overall, it’s a fantastic app that’s useful for more than just video calls. You can use the free version for up to ten members, or you can upgrade for $3 per user per month and get unlimited integrations, 20GB file storage per member, one-to-one video calls, and much more.
Brosix, well-known for its security, assist companies in remaining linked while ensuring their security and privacy. Brosix allows you to make audio and video conferencing, build custom chat rooms and paste screenshots.
Brosix has three pricing levels: the first is free for up to three users, but it does not include video or audio chat. You can get that with a company upgrade, which costs $4 per user per month, or a premium upgrade, which costs $6 per user per month.
The premium version contains everything from the business version and chats room management, community chat rooms, and security levels for user data access.
During the pandemic, Zoom became one of the most common video conferencing apps. There were also jokes that babies born after the quarantine began could be referred to as “Zoomers.”
However, aside from the jokes, Zoom is an excellent conferencing tool, especially for software developers. Recent protection and privacy concerns have harmed the company’s credibility, but the Zoom team claims that they have resolved their issues.
Zoom provides unlimited free one-on-one meetings and meetings under 40 minutes in length for up to 100 members. The pro edition costs $149.90 per user per year and includes a 24-hour time limit on community conferences of up to 100 members as well as 1GB of MP4 or M4A cloud recording.
GoToMeeting, which is part of the LogMeln family, is a perfect way for you to communicate with your teammates in real-time to patch code faster. The built-in video and voice calling system keeps programmers linked across all devices, regardless of location.
GoToMeeting has a user-friendly interface and works well with mobile devices, unlike many other platforms that struggle in this area.
All communication is absolutely encrypted, making it impenetrable to intruders or hackers. You can have up to 3000 participants depending on the price plan you select. Prices begin at $12 per organizer per month for 150 participants.
Slack’s video calls are just a mouse click away. You can use direct messaging and chat rooms that can be grouped by subject, in addition to video calls. It’s a comprehensive collaboration network with some of the most impressive features.
Slack supports 60 different programming languages. This may be useful when creating snippets that allow you to share code, log files, and configuration files. Depending on your needs, the plans range from free to up to $15.00 per user per month.
Cisco Webex Meetings had to be on this list because it is one of the leading video conferencing hardware producers. It is best known for its crystal-clear audio and video calls.
Aside from all of the functionality you’d expect from video calling apps, Cisco also includes a virtual whiteboard. When you have a call, you can share your computer as a white page and then use it as a sketching tool.
Other trademarks of the software include presentation tools, record and replay capability, and screen sharing. The free version is an excellent choice for up to three users and 50 participants for 40 minutes, and it includes HD video, screen-sharing, and recording functionality.
Paid plans start at $13.50 per host per month with 50 participants and go up to $17.95 per host per month with 100 participants.
Pick a Suitable Tool and Enjoy Online Meetings
As remote work becomes more common, the number of video conferencing apps designed to keep us linked has grown.
Some video applications, on the other hand, are specifically developed with software engineers in mind. They aren’t just for chatting with your team. A good tool can allow you to hold online meetings that are as effective as in-person meetings.
The good news is that the technology behind these applications is continually evolving, intending to reduce the virtual office’s complexity. Whatever you decide, make sure it aligns with your priorities and the way your team operates.
But go ahead and try it. Try one of these and see which one works best for you and your business. Cheers to effective online meetings!
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