Looking for the best Unified communications platforms for 2022
It’s impossible to predict the future, but that won’t stop us from providing our readers with the best and most accurate data possible when it comes to technology! In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best-unified communications platforms for 2022, as determined by you, our amazing readers! If you’re looking to implement UC services in your business, or have already done so and want to share your experience with your fellow entrepreneurs, be sure to comment below! We love hearing from you!
#1: Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a proprietary videoconferencing service developed by Google. Hangouts allow users to make free voice and video calls worldwide with up to 10 participants (although they must be YouTube members). The service is currently supported on Android, iOS, Chromebooks, and some desktops. Hangouts compete primarily with services such as Skype and Facebook Messenger.
Google’s messaging app Allo includes a Meet feature to host live video meetings similar to Skype. And then there’s Duo – a one-to-one video calling app that was built from scratch but has not really seen much uptake just yet.
There’s no denying that Slack is a huge player in the business communications space. While there might be plenty of debate as to whether it’s an email replacement or not, there is no denying that Slack has changed how employees communicate with one another and with outside vendors. All messages are saved on a central server in chronological order and can be sent from virtually anywhere with internet access. With channels to send messages to everyone involved in a project simultaneously and direct messaging with other individuals, Slack has become a king among chat clients. But don’t take my word for it: look at some stats on their website. According to them, there have been 10 million paid accounts (with $7M paid) in just about two years’ time. Impressive!
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Zoom is a conference call and web conferencing service designed with innovative features. With Zoom’s Instant Meetings feature – a co-browsing session that lets you share screens while talking with your meeting attendees – people who don’t want to install software can start meetings right away. Its intuitive mobile app offers voice & video calling plus instant meeting and audio conferencing. Zoom is among LinkedIn’s 2018 Top Startups To Watch. The startup was listed as one of CNBC’s Top 10 Best New Business Ideas. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use web conferencing service that won’t put you over budget, look no further than Zoom.
While not technically a Unified Communications platform, Skype’s offerings still include some collaboration features. This is an especially good option if you work with a team that isn’t always in one location. It also offers text chat and video chat so you can easily keep up with your employees while they’re on the go. You can also schedule group video calls to make important decisions together in real-time. Plus, Skype has other benefits like staying connected via call forwarding to use on landlines or mobile phones even when traveling abroad (international rates may apply).
So who should sign up for Skype? Small businesses who work with teams that aren’t always in one location and want a more budget-friendly solution to UC. Individuals looking for an inexpensive way to stay in touch with coworkers while on the go.
The line is a great choice because it has a very little learning curve; most people can start using it with only their email addresses. Plus, you have access to both calls and text messages through one application. This gives you fewer different apps to download and remember passwords for.
Skype is a great way to make international calls at lower rates than other services and without long wait times. Calls on Skype run on 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi networks—but be warned that some phones don’t work well with Skype’s call quality standards. The app also includes live chat and video chat as an option.
If you want an app that lets you use your phone’s data while overseas, Viber might be your best bet. It offers excellent call quality, conference calling features, file sharing options and more–all in a free package. If you find yourself on the go often, this could be a good option for you!
#6: Webex Teams
Webex Teams is a competitor to Slack. Teams get their own dedicated website, but it offers fewer integrations than Slack and Trello combined. They do offer a variety of security and management options and integrate with third-party services better than most competitors in this list.
Webex Teams offers a lot more visual customization options than other video conferencing platforms. For example, you can turn your chat sidebar transparent and your video sidebar solid black to create a sleek-looking design with minimal features distracting from the screen.