8 Premium and Free Video Collaboration PlatformsVideo collaboration is gradually replacing ‘face-to-face’ meetings in today’s business landscape. Responding to this trend, new products are entering the market and big players are expanding their service offerings to include options for video collaboration. We’d like to share with you our compilation of 8 premium and free video conferencing services that are promising to take enterprise collaboration to the next level. Check them out.

Videxio offers a video collaboration platform on the device of your choice, including telephony, browser, Microsoft Lync, Tablet, and Video systems. With worldwide coverage, they ensure high quality video conferencing and calling from any location and network that suits you, without any investment in additional infrastructure. Their subscription plans are user-friendly. and allow you to pay as you grow. You can transform your own device into a video collaboration tool, and they will provide the platform. Presentations or spreadsheets can be displayed, along with the faces of participants on the screen. With Videxio, you can have a unique video address, personal video account, unlimited video calling, plug and play activation, and an updated phonebook.

Acano thrives on the idea of breaking the barriers of technology, and allowing you to collaborate where your creativity thrives. Acano’s co-spaces bring together audio, video, and web technologies which would otherwise be incompatible, and transforms them into a qualitatively better meeting room. Acano’s customers have sorted out their communication challenges with ease. Acano aims at providing a platform where people can freely exchange their ideas, irrespective of technology or geographical locations. They offer platforms on devices such as iPad, Android, PC, Video endpoint, and Lync. You can also sign up for a free trial and get a demo of their services to be sure you are making the right choice.

Polycom Lync
For Microsoft Lync users, Polycom Lync is a jewel in the crown, assisting in the integration of stand-alone video or voice platforms, and helping you to collaborate with Lync’s user interface. You have the option of ordering the Polycom CX solution, or requesting a demo to experience the complete line of video collaboration, conferencing, and content sharing solutions. To improve the Lync experience, Polycom has inbuilt voice and video devices, optimizing the experience and reducing the cost of ownership with native integration and streamlining communications.

The usual Starleaf video endpoint features apply and enable you to meet anyone on another standard video system. You can invite anyone for free, plan and organize multiparty conferences, and share screens. With Starleaf, you also get unlimited access to Breeze software. You can use your cloud based HD conferencing and collaboration as well. If you wish to use their services, all you need to pay for is a connection license and the warranty on the GT mini systems. They offer a free trial of their video conferencing tool. Besides that, they also offer a trade in for your old video conferencing equipment and will give you a GT Mini 3330 room system, absolutely free of cost. The brands that they replace include Cisco, Tandberg, Polycom, Lifesize, Radvision, Avaya and any other H.323 system.

Zoom HD
Zoom HD brings a high quality cloud video conferencing experience with cross-platform group chat, including video conferencing, online meeting, and group chat. You have the option to sign up for free to get the feel of the experience. Zoom works on four scale platforms: Mac and Windows Desktop, software room system, H.323/SIP Room System (Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize), as well as on iOS and Android mobiles and tablets. Zoom HD boasts a clientele of 30,000 companies. There is a Basic Plan that will allow you to install Zoom HD on your device for free, you can add 25 participants for free, with no time limits for 1-to-1 meetings. In case of group meetings, the time limit is set at 40 minutes. Most of the features of group collaboration and cloud video conferencing are available in the free version.

Skype for Business
Microsoft has brought together the user love for Skype and the enterprise security, compliance, and control of Lync into a collaborative platform that connects business users from all around the world. Lync aims to use Skype’s reach and popularity to offer a business collaboration platform to Microsoft users. No less than 300 million people use Skype for messaging, calling, and sharing. Slated for release in the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business and aim to continue transforming the way people communicate.

Google+ Hangouts
Google+ offers Hangouts, a free video collaboration tool for Google account holders. Hangout apps are available for PC, Android, and iOs mobile devices for video as well as on-air experiences. Additional features include group chat, screen sharing, Google Docs for sharing presentations, and themed Hangouts. And signing in is as easy as opening a Gmail account. You can take part in group conversations, and live conversations as well, with up to 10 contacts. Hangout-On-Air is a web portal that allows live, online conversations.

With GoToMeeting you can host unlimited meetings, webinars, or trainings on your PC or mobile devices. You can collaborate anywhere and experience high quality HD video conferencing. Take the 30 day free trial period offer and see for yourself what they have to offer. The process is very simple and allows you to hold unlimited, online meetings with up to 25 contacts. A powerful tool, GoToMeeting allows you to start a meeting, collaborate with the HDFaces video conferencing application, share your screen and change presenter or hand control, and save with integrated audio conferencing with the help of VoIP and telephone. It is supported on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

Are you using any of these video conferencing services? We would love to hear about your experiences.

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