Author Topic: Free teleconferencing for Windows  (Read 1493 times)

T42

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Free teleconferencing for Windows
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:10:51 am »
Anybody know of a good free teleconferencing app or website that'll run tolerably well under Windows Antiquated™ and is suitable for codger[esse]s verging on second childhood?  Our club committee urgently needs a confab.
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2020, 10:21:57 am »
We are considering Skype.  Still digging though.

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2020, 10:22:49 am »
My work is recommending Zoom. I've not used it yet myself but must be worth checking out.
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2020, 10:53:53 am »
+1 for Zoom.

It is free to use for meetings up to about 40 minutes. Paid version removes that limit. Only the host needs the paid version.

I've had no issues with call quality.

Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2020, 11:07:02 am »
Cisco Webex  - Windows 7 and above
Skype - Windows 7 and above
Zoom - supports Windows XP and Vista (!)

No idea if it actually runs well on the old versions, but Zoom at least claims to support them.

Zoom has made massive inroads into the corporate market, partly by making things easy to set up and use.

I’m not personally very enamoured of their privacy policies, but that’s a downside of any free service.

Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2020, 11:15:18 am »
Don't forget WhatsApp.

Slack is another useful conferencing tool, which has integrated whiteboard-a-;ike allowing you to scribble to point at thing (which fades after a few seconds)

Skype is the most feature rich public free offering, but it is also flakyy-est

Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2020, 11:37:34 am »
Skype, easy to use but sometimes flaky
Zoom great but limited to 45 minutes for the free version
hangouts seems to need a business account now but that is probably just me
Whatsapp  brilliant

T42

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2020, 01:37:22 pm »
Thanks, folks. Had heard of Skype being flaky, the others I didn't know about.

45 minutes for our lot yattering would go in the pro column for Zoom. I'll have a gander at it and if we need the paid version the club can pay for it, while it still can.

Cheers.
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Jaded

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2020, 01:47:50 pm »
We are looking at similar stuff.

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2020, 06:59:34 pm »
We are considering Skype.  Still digging though.

Skype is poo.

Zoom testing to commence asap.

Jaded

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2020, 08:03:50 pm »
Been using Zoom with a few people.

I've started a simple game at the beginning to teach people the principle of delay.

OK - one at a time a participant says "One Two Three" and immediately after "Three" everyone else says "Four!"

Every time I've done that the others have said "Oh yes, I see..."
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2020, 08:07:17 pm »
I now have four different video conferencing products on my work laptop as everyone uses a different one. All of them seem to come with instant messaging too. Its driving me potty.
My company is split across Webex and Teams and then there are the customers ...
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Jaded

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 11:19:40 pm »
^ this

As a Mac user surrounded by Windows users who claim that Macs are not compatible but then ask me to sort out file types incomprehensible to them, I am accustomed to just getting on with a shed load of different applications - each one championed by one person who hasn't researched the market.
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2020, 11:39:11 pm »
Facebook messenger seems to work quite well.  We had a four-way video 'conference' on that the other day.
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2020, 11:40:32 pm »
I now have four different video conferencing products on my work laptop as everyone uses a different one. All of them seem to come with instant messaging too. Its driving me potty.
My company is split across Webex and Teams and then there are the customers ...


Yeah.  One person likes Skype, another Teams, another Zoom.... family want Facebook messenger or FaceTime...
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2020, 11:51:16 pm »
Google chat is quite good. We used to use it at my previous place of work. Less dropout if two people speak at the same time.

Whatsapp I've only used calling one person, so can't speak for that.

Slack is ok for calls and video, but no good if you have to share a screen.

Skype works, particularly for screensharing, but suffers dreadfully from dropout.

Teams is just dire.

Try Google chat.
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2020, 09:20:59 am »
The mothership is killing Webex at the beginning of July. I can't profess any big love for it, leastways until they forced Teams upon us (we used to have Slack). It's notable that compared to Slack, all the groups and everything that used to exist have now died off or are reaching the defined state of moribund that if they moved you'd shout 'argh zombie.'

Call quality is crap too and in the cost-saving wisdom of the mothership they're dropping dial-in numbers, so it's computer only.

Of course, I get stuff elsewhere in Zoom, Skype, Blue Jeans, Google, blah blah. They all seem somewhere south of intuitive.
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2020, 09:27:38 am »
Seems about right:

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Kim

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2020, 11:36:07 am »
Has anyone mentioned that Zoom tells the conference administrator (not just Zoom's analytics) what else you're doing on your computer?  Apparently it's in the T&Cs or something (which nobody ever reads).  Worth bearing in mind...
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2020, 11:56:10 am »
Has anyone mentioned that Zoom tells the conference administrator (not just Zoom's analytics) what else you're doing on your computer?  Apparently it's in the T&Cs or something (which nobody ever reads).  Worth bearing in mind...

Run the damn thing in a VM !
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

fuaran

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2020, 12:02:09 pm »
What about Jitsi? It is free, open source, cross platform etc. https://jitsi.org/

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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2020, 02:08:18 pm »
Cisco Webex  - Windows 7 and above

webex sucks
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2020, 02:10:40 pm »
Mostly used Zoom recently, daily meeting with 20 users (I've been working remotely for literally years)

In the past I've had good experiences with Google Hangouts: in the sense that it was easier to setup and use than Zoom and worked fine for up to 10 users
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2020, 07:19:03 pm »
What about Jitsi? It is free, open source, cross platform etc. https://jitsi.org/

I'm very impressed with Jitsi. Nothing to install, just send a link to people and off they go. We've been using it in preference to slack, skype, skype for business (just don't) and a few other things.
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Re: Free teleconferencing for Windows
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2020, 07:33:48 pm »
Don't forget to shout, "Alexa, play heavy metal!" just as the meeting starts.
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