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 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 VoIP Embeddable
Adobe Connect Proprietary 1-1500 (80 000 w/webcast) [note 1] VGA, HQ, HD[1][not in citation given] [note 2] [note 3] ✓ iPhone, iPad, and Android[2] iOS, Android and RIM X[3]
AT&T Connect Proprietary 1-1500 [note 4] HQ iOS, Android, RIM and Windows Phone Unknown Unknown
AnyMeeting Proprietary 1-200 X[4] HQ X X ✓ iPad and Android Tablets[5] X X iOS and Android Tablets Unknown Unknown
Attentiv Proprietary 1-1000 [6] X X X X X ✓ iPad and Android[7] iOS and Android[7] iOS and Android[7] X X
BigBlueButton LGPL, GPL 1-80[8][self-published source] VGA,HQ X X Coming soon ✓ Android only Yes Yes Yes
Cisco WebEx Proprietary 1-3000 Partial[9][10] 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 Unknown
Citrix GotoMeeting Proprietary 1-1000 X[note 5] VGA, HD Whiteboard Anywhere X[note 6] X[note 7] X[note 8] [note 9] X [note 10] Unknown Unknown
eXo Platform with Chat Addon LGPL 1-unlimited [note 11] VGA,HQ, HD X Partial[note 12] X X Unknown X X X [note 13] Coming soon Unknown Unknown
Fuze Meeting Proprietary 100+ Partial[11] ✓ (Vista, 7 & 8) HD,QVGA Unknown ✓ Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet X Unknown Unknown
Genesys Meeting Center Proprietary 125+ VGA Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Glance Proprietary 100 X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
IBM Sametime Proprietary VGA,HQ,HD (H.264) Unknown Unknown
iMeet Proprietary Up to 125 Partial[12] HD X X X Unknown Unknown
InterCall Unified Meeting (IUM) Proprietary 125+ Partial[10][self-published source] VGA Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown
MegaMeeting.com Proprietary 250+ Partial[note 14] VGA,HQ,HD 16 Feeds Unknown Unknown Coming soon X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Microsoft Live Meeting (discontinued) Proprietary VGA,HQ X X X Partial Unknown Unknown
Mikogo Proprietary 1-25 X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X Unknown Unknown
Netviewer Proprietary 1-100 X X VGA Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown X Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
omNovia Web Conference Proprietary 2-5 000 VGA Unknown X X Unknown Unknown Unknown
Openmeetings Apache License 1-125 VGA Unknown Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown [13] Unknown Unknown
PowWow365 Proprietary 1-500 X X iOS (iPhone, iPad) Unknown Unknown
Skype Proprietary 1 to 25 VGA,HQ, HD X X Unknown X Unknown Unknown
Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync) Proprietary 1 to 1000 (10 000 webinar[citation needed]) X VGA,HQ, HD Unknown Partial Unknown Unknown
TeamViewer Proprietary 1-25 VGA Unknown [note 15] [note 15] Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
TrueConf Proprietary 1-250 Ultra HD X X iOS, Android, WebRTC iOS, Android, WebRTC Unknown Unknown
UberConference Proprietary 1-100 [note 16] X X X X ✓ iPhone and Android X [note 17] Unknown
VenueGen Proprietary 1-500 X X [note 1] VGA [note 2] Unknown Unknown [note 3] X X X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
VideoMost Proprietary 1-250 (+1500 video broadcast) HD, Full HD, Ultra HD (4K) ✓ iPad, Android Phones & Tablets iPad, Android Phones & Tablets API VideoMost
WebTrain Proprietary 200 X X VGA Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
WizIQ Proprietary Up to 1 999 VGA,HQ,HD X {{API Web Services}}
Yuuguu Proprietary 1-30 X X X Unknown X X Unknown X X Unknown X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zoho Proprietary X X Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zoom Video Communications Proprietary 50-500 (10,000 webinar) HD One-time download Unknown
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 VoIP Embeddable

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 (UC) is a marketing buzzword describing the integration of real-time, enterprise, communication services such as instant messaging (chat), presence information, voice (including IP telephony), mobility features (including extension mobility and single number reach), audio, web & video conferencing, fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), desktop sharing, data sharing (including web connected electronic interactive whiteboards), call control and speech recognition with non-real-time communication services such as unified messaging (integrated voicemail, e-mail, SMS and fax). UC is not necessarily a single product, but a set of products that provides a consistent unified user-interface and user-experience across multiple devices and media-types.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Supports two-way teleconference integration
  2. ^ a b Linux users may only view another user's desktop
  3. ^ a b Yes, but only via a screen-sharing "pod" with control permissions granted
  4. ^ web based client without the ability to share
  5. ^ Organizers cannot use Linux -- attendees only. Requires HTML5 enabled browsers
  6. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  7. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  8. ^ Not secure for general meetings, this feature is only available in GoToTraining
  9. ^ Mouse and Keyboard control can be shared with multiple user.
  10. ^ New HTML5 enabled browsers will be able to join without downloads, with reduced features.
  11. ^ with WebRTC on Chrome browser
  12. ^ Available on Mac and Windows only when using Weemo Driver
  13. ^ Yes if using WebRTC mode through Chrome browser
  14. ^ Cannot function as a presenter on Linux.
  15. ^ a b any upload possible
  16. ^ with WebRTC on Chrome browser
  17. ^ Yes if using WebRTC mode through Chrome browser

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adobe (2012-01-11). "Podium HD Pod". Adobe. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  2. ^ Adobe. "Adobe Connect Mobile". Adobe. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Designed for VOIP; requires additional service to support phone. See URL https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/kb/audio-choices-connect.html
  4. ^ AnyMeeting (2013-11-22). "Presenter - Frequently Asked Questions". AnyMeeting. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ chrisb (23 April 2013). "AnyMeeting Rolls Out New Mobile Apps for iPad and Android". AnyMeeting. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  6. ^ A New Meeting Platform Aims to Help Introverts get Their Ideas Heard. FastCompany.com (2015-04-10). Retrieved on 2015-04-13.
  7. ^ a b c Russell, Daniel, Getting Started With Attentiv, retrieved 2015-11-23 
  8. ^ Dixon, Fred. "Audio stress Test: Results". Google Groups. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Webex support on Linux". opensource.com. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-01-06. 
  10. ^ a b "Webex on 64 bit linux". Emsperformance.net. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  11. ^ How do I get the Fuze Linux App? : Fuze Support. Support.fuzemeeting.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  12. ^ Can iMeet run on Linux? | iMeet Community. Community.imeet.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-27.
  13. ^ User's Manual, page 18
  14. ^ Pleasant, Blair (2008-07-28). "What UC is and isn't". SearchUnifiedCommunications.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26. UC is not a single product but rather a solution made up of a variety of communication tools and components. [...] UC is a comprehensive solution that ties several components together with user experience.