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Although Zoom is now a mainstream app with millions of worldwide users, it’s far from being the perfect video conferencing tool out there. In fact, every Zoom alternative is suited for a specific type of user. Development teams, for instance, are likely going to prefer other solutions from their marketing or customer success colleagues.

Some of the cons of using Zoom include: 

If you’ve read this far, it means you’re considering switching to a Zoom alternative that can fix some of these issues. 

Here’s our analysis of the best web conferencing options, their main use cases, and potential disadvantages to keep an eye on. Note that we’ve included only the alternatives to Zoom that are suited for use in a work environment.

Google Meet – for all those times when the other tools fail

I’ve been using Google Meet every single time another tool lagged or had audio issues. It’s easy to switch to this tool at any moment as you only need to send a link to your participants. As long as they have a Google account, they’ll be able to access the meeting in a matter of seconds.

Google Meet comes with several interactive features you can also find in Zoom, such as polls, breakouts rooms, attendance reports, and more. However, keep in mind you’ll only be able to use these with a paid subscription.

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Notable tool: Krisp – for noise cancellation to maintain clear audio

You can’t conduct clear meetings in a noisy environment. 

Background sounds disturb meetings making it difficult for your ideas to be clearly understood as well as for you to understand the people you’re talking to. Chattering, dogs barking, children playing outside, or construction work can lead to misunderstandings and a lot of wasted time—just because you couldn’t hear the details correctly.

With the extra costs needed to redo work or fix a mistake, noise cancellation is a justified core feature for any Zoom alternative. Zoom, Google Meet, Webex, and Microsoft Teams also have basic built-in background noise suppression options which lower the volume of the background sounds. However, these solutions don’t identify all sounds and echoes so it’s impossible for you to rely on them if you want to record your meetings or host a webinar.

Krisp provides superior noise cancellation for these tools. You can also add the Krisp solution on top of over 800+ other apps that don’t have a similar integrated feature. Krisp uses a Deep Neural Network to distinguish more than 20k noises and echoes from 50k speakers. This makes for accurate noise removal on both ends of a meeting.

Krisp noise cancelling app

Jitsi Meet – join a meeting immediately

This is one of the free alternatives to Zoom and Google Meet that allows you to send a meeting link anyone can join without connecting to another third-party app. The features of the app are limited due to its free nature. While you won’t be able to host webinars or stream through this platform, it’s just enough for one-on-one meetings or quick team calls.

To cover for the missing features, their Jitsi Videobridge solution allows engineers to create their own apps with video conferencing capabilities their teams need. Both the Jitsi Meet and access to their open-source projects are free of charge.

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Zoho Meeting – best for hosting webinars

This Zoom alternative is structured to highlight Users can access the meeting or webinars simply by clicking on the link you’ve shared with them. This solution is a fit for anyone who wants to organize webinars thanks to its integrations with Zoho CRM and Zoho Campaigns. These allow you to directly send campaigns to your CRM contacts. 

This said, the tool is also handy for promoting events, creating registration forms, and finding out more about participants. Classic Zoom features like polls or downloadable reports let you keep your audience engaged and follow up with them after a webinar.

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Whereby – for embeddable video meetings

Whereby is another Zoom alternative tool where no app install is needed to access a meeting. The app is user-friendly and the interface is a fun one complete with emojis for reactions and customizable backgrounds.

Their newest feature allows you to embed the video call just about anywhere. The look and feel of the displayed video are configurable so you can keep it minimalistic or add all features on top. This is super handy if you want to host a live online event and want to create an engaging landing page for it.

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Microsoft Teams – a Slack and Zoom alternative

Microsoft Teams is more of a Slack alternative as it provides all the features you need to collaborate with your team like chat boards, file sharing, and audio calls [Note: Zoom actually has these too if you head to the Chat feature at the top of the app.]. The video conferencing option is just an extra functionality. Nevertheless, hosting live events and webinars is still possible thanks to streaming, roles, and recording features. 

Microsoft Teams works both on a desktop app and directly within your web browser. This makes it convenient for you to invite external users to your meetings too. The tool is free for current Microsoft 365 users but the features depend on the plan you already have.

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Cisco Webex – best for telephony extensions

Cisco’s Webex tool confirms the trend for video conferencing to be paired with other written messaging solutions. Its chat boards allow you to send messages and files to teams or individuals so you can keep all communication in a single place. Extra features like breakout rooms, virtual backgrounds, or meeting transcription ensure you won’t miss Zoom.

Cisco’s video call app offers very similar features to Zoom. Both apps are only available via a desktop app and provide advanced screen sharing options, whiteboards, and security features. Even the pricing plans are similar. Cisco’s Webex, however, is better suited for teams looking to host webinars or make calls at an enterprise level.

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Yac – to support asynchronous meetings

For those of you looking to quit meetings that take up the entire day, there’s a solution: Yac. The tool replaces video meetings with audio snippets. Users can send these at any time to maintain collaboration even asynchronously. But Yac’s features don’t end here as you can also record your webcam or screen as you’re sending these snippets.

Audio and video snippets work for groups and one-on-ones too. Plus, you get to see when someone has listened to your message or seen your clips. And it’s all super cheap with paid plans currently at $3/month/user.

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Livestorm – a complete solution for hosting live or on-demand events

Want to host regular live or on-demand events but would rather keep your own team’s meetings quick? Livestorm is the right platform. With the Automated webinars features, you host events by playing a pre-recorded video or presentation and only answering the comments in real time. You can automate actions like when a webinar starts or ends as well as when you want a video to launch. Participants also receive automatic reminders and follow-ups you can use to boost the engagement rate.

Instant meetings, on the other hand, can be created in seconds. Team members or collaborators will be able to access them via the link you send with no app installs required. The Enterprise plan offers a complete list of security features and GDPR standards to back up your meetings, webinars, and recordings.

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Glip by RingCentral – for asynchronous communication

This Zoom alternative comes with a Slack-like UI that reunites written and visual communication in one tool. Glip’s interface makes switching between video and other team collaboration options easy. In addition to this, the strong organization capabilities let you store and filter recordings, files, notes, etc. You can even replace a basic task management tool through Glip.

Glip integrations are limited compared to Slack or Zoom but it can be a good fit if you’re already a user of other RingCentral products. You can also switch between devices at any point during a meeting through a single click.

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GoToMeeting by LogMeIn – for the hybrid office

GoToMeeting is a Zoom alternative that’s strictly used for meetings. All plans come with HD video, screen sharing, unlimited meeting time, top security settings, enhanced audio options, and so much more. Since the tool is focused on creating a thorough meeting experience, higher-tier plans provide bonus functionalities like automatic transcription, co-organizers, or a smart ML-based assistant to automatically spot action items from a meeting.

For hosting public events, you’ll want to check out their GoToWebinar solution instead. You can connect this as an add-on to your main GoToMeeting account.

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So how do you choose the best Zoom alternative?

With so many Zoom alternatives, I’m sure you already have two or three that have caught your attention. Here’s a checklist of things to take into account based on your priorities and features you’d need:

The size of your team and overall budget. Some tools are free for a lower number of users while for others costs can add up to thousands of dollars in a large or enterprise-level company.

Your reasons for switching to a new tool. If you simply want to host your team meetings and one-on-ones occasionally, a basic free meetings tool will do. Once you start organizing live events and webinars, you’ll need advanced capabilities. Noise-cancelling will help you provide high-quality audio and recording while a CRM lets you plan these events, invite people, and follow up to keep them engaged.

The privacy and encryption features that are a must for your situation. Send your first important file via a tool and you bet you’ll need SSL/128-bit AES encryption. Not to mention that a live event with attendees from Europe calls for a GDPR-compliant app.

So what’s your next pick?


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