The corona virus outbreak has made video conferencing software a vital part for both businesses and consumers. There are plenty of web-based tools for communicating online. Using this, many businesses continue to run working from home, schools are also able to teach in these pandemic times too. Two of the popular web based communication tools are Google Meet and Zoom. Both services provide the ability to interact with co-workers, enabling business to conduct video conferencing through various devices. But which tool is better? And how they could work for your needs? Here is the head to head between Google Meet and Zoom.
Google Meet vs Zoom:
Both softwares offer video conferencing services, and also the features are similar to both the softwares. Each platform has its own strength and weakness. One service may be better fit for specific needs and another one is better for them. When it comes to video conferencing service, Zoom has the edge over Google Meet. Zoom’s expensive plan provides support for large groups of people, and also free of cost for smaller teams. Zoom has over 200 Million daily users. Zoom is mainly designed for business not for casual use. To join a Zoom meeting you don’t have to download the app, just using the invite link you can participate. Google Hangout Meet is rebranded and now it is called Google Meet. Google meet is a cloud-based video conferencing service which has over 2 Million users daily. It can handle larger meetings up to 250 members and live streaming up to 100,000 viewers within a domain. They recently enabled free access to video conferencing and communication tools for schools and business through September 30, 2020.
The basic version of Zoom is available for free, but there are some limitations. You can only host meetings up to 100 people for the duration of 40 minutes only. Even those limitations are not a problem for smaller groups. Prices for Zoom get complicated if you need more than the free version. The Pro plan which costs $14.99 a month per host and allows meeting duration up to 24 hours. Next is a business plan, which costs $19.99 a month per host with a minimum of 10 hosts. You can have 300 participants in this plan. Last plan is the enterprise plan, which costs $19.99 per host, but it requires a minimum of 50 hosts. You can have 500 participants and other features include, dedicated customers, and unlimited cloud storage.When it comes to Google Meet, it isn’t available for free as it is a part of Google’s G Suite services. G suite is available for $6 per month and as much as $25 per month as a part of the enterprise plan. The basic version of G Suite comes in $6 per month, allows 100 participants, while $12 per month allows up to 150 participants and Enterprise plan offers up to 250 participants, and additional features like recording the meeting and live streaming.
2. Extra features
Zoom is a video conferencing service mainly built for zoom service. Google Meet scored some points in this because of the integration with other Google Apps. Some notable features like the video calls are a little more productive in Google Meet. For example, you are able to conduct pools, you can also share a whiteboard that participants can collaborate on, and also the option to add 1,000 participants for an extra fee. But not everyone needs this feature, but for some teams, these could be the deciding factor between signing up for Zoom and Google Meet.
The most important things to consider is how each platform integrates with other services. Google Meet allows users to integrate meetings with other teams using Skype for Business, whereas other video conference systems based on SIP and H.323 standards. Google Meet also integrates with other apps, for example, it integrates well with Google calendar. On the other hand Zoom also offers some integrations, including some Google Apps and services. For example, Zoom integrates with Facebook, Skype for Business, Microsoft Outlook, Google Drive and more. Safe to say, Google Meet makes integrations easier, Zoom still allows many of the integrations as well.