Jenny Knafo

As Devolutions’ Product Marketing Specialist my role consist in staying up-to-date with the latest updates made to our software to create weekly technical blogs and tutorial videos to keep our clients informed. I am also in charge of the creation and overall successful organization of marketing events and trade-shows. I’ve worked in a corporate environment for a long time and it is a joy to be back to my roots and working again in the IT world.

Popular Free Video Conference Platforms for Personal Use Compared

In this era of social distancing, video conferencing has shifted from being important to being essential. Even if we’re stuck at home, we can connect face-to-face with co-workers, family members, friends, instructors and students.

However, not all video conferences are made equal. To discover the advantages and limitations of various options, Yann and I have examined seven popular solutions that are geared towards personal use: Zoom, Google Hangout, Google Duo, Skype, Facetime and Facebook Messenger (note: since the business requirements are significantly different for enterprise-grade platforms, at this time we aren’t focusing on platforms like GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Zoom Meeting and

Below you’ll find the results of our analysis, which focus on aspects such as video quality, security, and compatibility. If you prefer to sit back and watch us, here’s the video!

Zoom Video Communication - Compared
Zoom combines cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging in one easy-to-use platform.

Google Hangouts - Compared
Google Hangouts offers users a simple, fast and easy platform to chat and have video calls with individuals or groups

Google Duo - Compared
Google Duo is a simple mobile app that’s easy to use, reliable, and offers high quality video calling.

Skype - Compared

Facetime - Compared
FaceTime makes audio and video calls from your iPhone, iPad, and other iOS devices easy and effortless.

Facebook Messenger allows you to instantly reach the people you care about. It is a fast, free, and reliable way to stay in touch.

Here is a table for a quick overview of some advanced options supported by the different free video conference platforms .

Popular Free Video Conference Platforms Compare table by Devolutions

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