2013 will definitely see a major change in the traditional office environment. Virtual meetings and video collaboration are widely adopted by entrepreneurs who now choose to run and oversee their workforce online or using mobile devices.
Digital-conferencing tools like Go2Meeting or Skype are popular, but there are also several shiny new options. Here are three great tools to help you keep in touch with your clients, consultants, and telecommuting employees.
Cisco’s cloud-based app, WebEx Meetings, enables users to log on through the browser of their computer or mobile device. The Meeting Spaces file-sharing feature can house the documents needed for the meeting, including agendas, budgets, checklists, and presentations. Participants can access the files before the meeting in order to save time. And while the meeting is ongoing, attendees can privately send instant messages to each other.
WebEx Meetings is free for three participants at a time. The premium plan costs $49 per month and allows up to 25 participants.
Google Hangout is fast and easy to set up since there is no need to download anything. You can have up to ten participants, and they only need a webcam and a Google login ID. And while the meeting is ongoing, participants can collaborate on Google docs.
Voice calls are free in Canada and the U.S. Depending on the country and the type of phone line (landline or mobile phone), Google Hangout’s per minute international fees can cost between 2 cents and $1.
Fuzebox raises the bar for videoconferencing by allowing high-definition content like movies and slide shows to be included. Up to twelve participants can join a Fuzebox session.
Fuzebox eliminates compatibility and connection issues by doing away with the use of browser sites. Instead, native apps specially designed for the Android phone, iPad, iPhone, PC, or Mac are used by participants to join the virtual meeting.