Comparison of web conferencing software

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This list is a comparison of web conferencing software available for Linux, OS X, and Windows platforms. Many of the applications support the use of videoconferencing.

Comparison chart[edit]

Program License Simultaneous User Capacity Linux

Linux

Mac OS X

Mac OS X

Microsoft Windows Audio Support Video Quality Video Support Chat Support Desktop Sharing Support Whiteboard Upload PPT Upload PDF Upload Doc / DocX Co-browsing Mobile Device Support Break-Out Sessions Security Access Encrypted communication Host meeting from Mobile Attend meeting from Mobile Cloud Based no download Recording capabilities
Adobe Connect Proprietary 1-1500 (80,000 w/webcast) [1] VGA, HQ, HD[2] [3] [4] [5] iOS, Android and RIM
PowWow365 Proprietary 1-500 X X iOS (iPhone, iPad)[6]
AccuConference Proprietary 1-1000 Unknown ✓ Participant view only HD ✓ Moderator only X X ? iOS Participant Only X Unknown X Unknown ✓ Participants only
AnyMeeting Proprietary 1-200 [7] HQ X X [8] X X iOS and Android Tablets
AVIDO Web Conference Proprietary 1-1000 VGA Unknown Unknown Coming soon Coming soon
BabelTree Proprietary 1-5000 QVGA X Unknown Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X
Banckle Online Meeting Proprietary 1-200 HD Unknown Unknown Unknown Coming soon Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
BigBlueButton LGPL, GPL 1-80[9] VGA,HQ X [10] X Unknown Android only Unknown
Blackboard Collaborate previously Wimba Classroom and Elluminate Proprietary 1-1000 QVGA [11] X iOS and Android
BuddyMeeting Proprietary Up to 10 VGA Unknown Unknown X X X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Cisco Unified Meeting Place Proprietary 1-500 VGA Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X X Unknown Unknown
Cisco WebEx Proprietary 1-3000 Partial[12] VGA, HQ, HD ✓ 256-bit AES,PKI,End-to-end (Transport layer: 128-bit

SSLv3)

✓ iOS devices, Android, and BlackBerry ✓ Computer-based and Server-based
Citrix GotoMeeting Proprietary 1-1000 [13] VGA, HD[14] Whiteboard Anywhere[15] X[16] X[17] X[18] [19] X [20]
CUMeeting Proprietary 1-unlimited X X VGA, HD X iPhone, iPad and Android ✓ Computer-based
CourseHub Proprietary 1-unlimited HD Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
CourseHub Proprietary 1-unlimited HD Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
eLecta Live for Web Conferencing and Online Meetings Proprietary Conference Capacity of 15 - 200+ seats QVGA
eXo Platform with Chat Addon LGPL 1-unlimited [21] VGA,HQ, HD X Partial[22] X X Unknown X X X [23] Coming soon
FaceMe Web Conference Proprietary 1-100+ [24] VGA,HD, H.323 Unknown iPhone, iPad, and Android[25] Dial in and Smartphone app
FastViewer Proprietary 1-1000 [26] VGA, HQ, HD Unknown [27] [27] Unknown [28] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Fuze Meeting Proprietary 100+ Partial[29] ✓ (Vista, 7 & 8) HD,QVGA Unknown [30] X
Genesys Meeting Center Proprietary 125+ VGA Unknown X Unknown Unknown
Glance Proprietary 100 X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
GlobalMeet Proprietary Up to 125 Partial[31] HD X X
GoMeetNow Proprietary 1-100 X VGA Unknown X X Unknown X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Groupworld Proprietary 1-unlimited QQVGA X X
IBM Sametime Proprietary VGA,HQ,HD (H.264)
IBM Lotus Sametime Unyte Proprietary VGA,HQ Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
ICU Live! Proprietary 36 concurrent users X X VGA,HQ Unknown Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
iLinc Proprietary Up to 1,000 X VGA, HQ, SXGA (1280x1024) Unlimited feeds Unknown Unknown Coming soon Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
iMeet Proprietary Up to 125 Partial[32] HD X X X
Implix ClickMeeting Proprietary 1-1000 Unknown Unknown
Infinite Conferencing's WebInterpoint Proprietary Up to 1,000 Partial[33] VGA Unknown Unknown X X
inphra online Proprietary Up to 3,000 VGA, HQ, HD X X X
InterCall Unified Meeting (IUM)[34] Proprietary 125+ Partial[12] VGA Unknown X Unknown
LiveOn Proprietary Up to 1,000 X X VGA, HQ, HD (1280x720) Unknown Unknown iPhone, iPad, and Android Unknown
Lucid Meetings Proprietary Up to 100 X X [35] X iPhone, iPad, and Android Unknown
MegaMeeting.com Proprietary 250+ Partial[36] VGA,HQ,HD 16 Feeds Unknown Unknown Coming soon X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Meetecho GPL + Proprietary 200+ QVGA,VGA[37] Unknown Unknown Unknown X Unknown Unknown
MeetingBurner Proprietary 1 to 1000 HD X X X X X X X
Microsoft Live Meeting Proprietary VGA,HQ X X X Partial
Microsoft Lync Proprietary 1 to 1000 X VGA,HQ, HD Unknown Partial
Mikogo Proprietary 1-25 X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X
Nefsis Proprietary 2-500 X X VGA,HQ,HD Unknown Unknown X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Netviewer Proprietary 1-100 X X VGA Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
omNovia Web Conference Proprietary 2-5,000 VGA Unknown X X Unknown
Omnijoin Proprietary 2-500 X VGA,HQ,HD ✓iPhone, iPad X X ✓iPhone, iPad ✓iPhone, iPad
OnSync by Digital Samba Proprietary Up to 2000 [38] [39]
Openmeetings Apache License 1-125 VGA [40] Hammer (Last Stone First End) Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
PharmaCAST|PharMethod Proprietary 1-unlimited X VGA, HD X Unknown X Unknown X announced X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
ReadyTalk Proprietary 1-3600[41] VGA Unknown X Unknown iPad X X iPad
RHUB Proprietary 1-2000 X VGA Unknown X X Unknown X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
SaasBoard Proprietary 1-100 VGA,HD Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Saba Meeting, Saba Webinar, Saba Classroom, Saba Centra Proprietary 1-3000 [42] VGA,HD [43]
Skype Proprietary 1 to 25 VGA,HQ, HD X X Unknown X
Solgenia Weblive Facsys Proprietary 1-1000 HD
Spreed Proprietary 1-1000 VGA,HD X X
TeamHangout Proprietary Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
TeamViewer Proprietary 1-25 [44] VGA Unknown [27] [27] Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Teleskill Live Proprietary 1-5000 VGA,HQ
Teletaleem Proprietary Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
TrueConf Proprietary 1-250 Full HD X X X iOS, Android, WebRTC iOS, Android, WebRTC
Ubipitch Proprietary 250 VGA X Unknown Unknown X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
VenueGen Proprietary 1-500 X X [1] VGA [3] Unknown Unknown [4] X X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
VeriShow Proprietary 1-10 X Auto, Low, High, HD X X
VideoMost Proprietary 1-10 000 Full HD X [45] iPad
Veeting Rooms Proprietary 1-10 HQ X X Android Android X
WebELS Meeting Proprietary 1-20 Auto, Low, Normal, High, HD X Coming soon X Coming soon Coming soon Unknown Coming soon
WebHuddle GPL X Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
WebTrain Proprietary 200 X X VGA Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
WizIQ Proprietary Up to 1,999 VGA,HQ,HD X
Yuuguu Proprietary 1 - 30 X X X Unknown X X Unknown X X Unknown X Unknown Unknown
Zip Conferencing Proprietary Up to 125 Partial HD X X
Zoho Proprietary X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zoom Video Communications Proprietary 1-100 (1,000 webinar) X HD X X X X X One-time download
4Webcom Proprietary 1-5000 HD X X X
Program License Capacity Linux

Linux

Mac OS X

Mac OS X

Microsoft Windows Audio Support

Audio Support

Video Quality Video Support Chat Support Desktop Sharing Support Whiteboard Upload PPT Upload PDF Upload Doc / DocX Co-browsing Mobile Device Support Break-Out Sessions Security Access Encrypted communication Host meeting from Mobile Attend meeting from Mobile Cloud Based no download Recording capabilities

Terminology[edit]

In the table above, the following terminology is intended to be used to describe some important features:

  • Audio Support: the remote control software transfers audio signals across the network and plays the audio through the speakers attached to the local computer. For example, music playback software normally sends audio signals to the locally-attached speakers, via some sound controller hardware. If the remote control software package supports audio transfer, the playback software can run on the remote computer, while the music can be heard from the local computer, as though the software were running locally.
  • Co-Browsing: the navigation of the Web by several people accessing the same web pages at the same time. When session leader clicks on a link, all other users are transferred to the new page. Co-browsers should support multiple frames and support embedded multimedia (e.g., if a page contains a video player, the session leader may commence synchronized playback for all users. Passing URLs via other tools such as a chat or phone and entering them into browser by each user is not considered co-browsing.
  • File Transfer: the software allows the user to transfer files between the local and remote computers, from within the client program's user interface.
  • 'Unified Communications': Unified communications (UC) is the integration of real-time communication services such as instant messaging (chat), presence information, telephony (including IP telephony), video conferencing, data sharing (including web connected electronic whiteboards aka IWB's or Interactive White Boards), call control and speech recognition with non-real-time communication services such as unified messaging (integrated voicemail, e-mail, SMS and fax).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Supports two-way teleconference integration
  2. ^ Podium HD Pod. Adobe.com (2012-01-11). Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  3. ^ a b Linux users may only view another user's desktop
  4. ^ a b Yes, but only via a screen-sharing "pod" with control permissions granted
  5. ^ iPhone, iPad, and Android (as of version 8)
  6. ^ PowWow365 is available for Free download at Apple's App Store [1])
  7. ^ AnyMeeting | Presenter - Frequently Asked Questions. Support.anymeeting.com (2013-11-22). Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  8. ^ iPad and Android Tablets (as of [2])
  9. ^ Dixon, Fred. "Audio stress Test: Results - BigBlueButton-dev". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Android client now available on Android Marketplace (see announcement)
  11. ^ Windows/Mac - Full Support, Linux - Partial (multimedia and web tour open in an external browser window rather than an embedded one within the session)
  12. ^ a b webex on 64 bit linux. Emsperformance.net (2013-03-25). Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  13. ^ New HTML5 enabled browsers
  14. ^ Hd Faces Update
  15. ^ Use annotation tools on Desktop and any shared Windows
  16. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  17. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  18. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  19. ^ Mouse and Keyboard control can be shared with multiple user.
  20. ^ New HTML5 enabled browsers will be able to join without downloads, with reduced features.
  21. ^ with WebRTC on Chrome browser
  22. ^ Available on Mac and Windows only when using Weemo Driver
  23. ^ Yes if using WebRTC mode through Chrome browser
  24. ^ Supports 12-way teleconference integration
  25. ^ iOS and Android App required for mobile devices
  26. ^ viewer only
  27. ^ a b c d any upload possible
  28. ^ also native iPhone and iPad Clients
  29. ^ How do I get the Fuze Linux App? : Fuze Support. Support.fuzemeeting.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  30. ^ Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet
  31. ^ Can participants join a GlobalMeet Web meeting ... | GlobalMeet Community. Community.globalmeet.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  32. ^ Can iMeet run on Linux? | iMeet Community. Community.imeet.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  33. ^ Verified on 3/21/2014 that Linux participants are supported, but Linux presenter is not.
  34. ^ Intercall resells the Cisco WebEx product.
  35. ^ Screen sharing requires Glance plugin
  36. ^ Cannot function as a presenter on Linux.
  37. ^ Up to 16 mixed video flows
  38. ^ Supports two-way teleconference integration
  39. ^ Yes, but only via a screen-sharing "synclet" with control permissions granted
  40. ^ [3]
  41. ^ Operator-Assisted Audio Conferencing. ReadyTalk. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  42. ^ HD VoIP and integrated teleconference
  43. ^ native iOS and Android Free Apps for smartphones and tablets like iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  44. ^ Tested on 3/19/2014 and found to be very buggy under Linux.
  45. ^ iPad