There are many interesting and powerful tools
that allow you to make video calls and organize video conferencing sessions with family, friends and business partners. But there are many reasons for which people prefer at times those services that work on a web interface using a browser. Here is a list of tools for video calling and conferencing using browsers.
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Eyejot is mostly for video mail, which is sending and receiving pre-recorded video messages. There is nothing to download and everything runs in the browser. Along with video mail, there is also the possibility of video chatting. It also has apps for smartphones. A glimpse of some of the applications of the service can be viewed on their browser simulator.
Raketu is so rich in features that it can be said to include most of what services like Jajah, Skype, Gizmo, Truphone and Fring provide collectively. Calls using Raketu can be made from a computer to another computer, between computers and phones, and even from phone to phone. Users can choose to download a softphone application but can also use the service without downloading and installing anything, through the web interface. Also, any SIP
-compliant hardware or software can be used with Raketu, giving users a large choice and flexibility in accessing any communications device. Raketu to some extent implements Unified Communications too, by providing presence and instant messaging across many platforms and devices, SMS services, file transferring, conferencing, video conferencing and email services along with their calling services.
MeBeam 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.
TokBox offers unlimited free video talking using the browser on a one-to-one basis. More people can talk for free but only for 25000 minutes per months, which is a lot. More than that is, I believe, for businesses which can afford to pay.
Zoho is a complete tool, with meetings being only one of the features. It has other features like webinars, video conferencing, collaboration etc. Obviously, with all this power, it cannot be free. For 10 participants, it costs $12 per month, which is not bad for a business which regularly holds meetings. It offers a 30 day trial. Online meeting is very easy and is browser based.
This tool is also very easy to use. It is fully browser-based and requires no software installation. They claim to be the world’s easiest online conference tool. After signing up, you can set up a meeting and invite people to it. You also have some collaboration tools like sharing of the desktop and documents.
Yugma is actually a web conferencing tool, so it allows communication with a group of people through a web interface using their browsers. Yugma is a full service, including video conferencing, an API (application programming interface) and a mobile app. The free version has some restrictions, like only one correspondent per call and a maximum duration of 30 minutes per call. Else, access is open to all other features for free users, including desktop sharing and instant messaging