There are so many advantages to holding meetings online, especially with the new features and cost savings made possible with VoIP. It saves you and your partners from travelling, it saves a lot of time, it allows quick collaboration, it allows you to meet and interact with people that you would never have met otherwise, it helps in social networking etc. Here is a list of tools that are available online, using VoIP technology, for organizing and holding meetings online. Some use voice only while others use both voice and video, and some allow for more features. Discover the list and make your choice.
1. MeBeamMeBeam is free and very simple. Don’t expect to have shiny features as the other paid solutions. It offers basic video conferencing through its web interface, with very simple ways of building and organizing meetings. On its very homepage, you are asked to enter the name of the group you want to create. Once you get in, which is in fact the second page behind, you only have to call the other participants to the room and you are set. This is more for informal and simple meetings, but to my taste, it is a very handy, quick and useful solution for online meetings. It does not even require registration.
2. OpenMeetingsThis is open source software that is free and that allows you to very easily and instantly set up conference calls, using either voice or video. It can also be used as a free collaboration tool, with the possibility to share desktop, share documents on a white board and record the meetings. It is an interesting tool, but it requires you to download and install a small package on your server before using. There is no limitation on the usage or on the number of persons participating in a meeting.
3. YugmaYou can register for free on Yugma and use its web conferencing tool to hold your meetings, but it has some serious limitations. If you need more professional service, you need to buy the premium plan. Then you will receive a complete set of features with the necessary support to make professional web meetings with full collaboration. It is a very rich tool but its wealth lies mostly in the part where it is not free.
4. MegaMeetingThis tool is fully professional and is not free. It is fully web based without any software to download and install. It offers web video conferencing and web seminar tools. The solution is complete with good quality voice and video and participants can feel as if they are together while being remote.
Skype or Vonage, but uses any phone network that can connect, mostly the traditional phone network. However, there is the possibility for participants to use VoIP to connect to the conference. Note that there is no video here, only voice.