GlobalMeet from PGi is one of the best web conferencing services because the software is easy to use and has a clean interface that makes it simple to enter, run and participate in meetings. Although it lacks breakout rooms, its features and excellent support are just some of the reasons why we recommend it. GlobalMeet is also an option for those looking for a conference calling solution. The system can be used a conference calling service, with meeting participants connecting by phone instead of a computer.
GlobalMeet's online meeting software's plan lets you have up to 125 participants, one of the highest maximums among the levels of plans we reviewed. The interface is optimized for mobile devices so that even those calling from a tablet or smartphone have a smooth web-conferencing experience. GlobalMeet has nodes across the world, ensuring high-quality audio and video wherever you are.
You can record your meetings and store documents in the GlobalMeet library under your meeting room's URL. Everything is protected with 128-bit encryption, so you can feel secure about your meetings.
One of the drawbacks to this web conferencing platform, however, is that it doesn't allow you to create breakout rooms. These are handy if you are working on a large project and want to separate into smaller groups to work on specific issues. You can, however, have audio "breakout rooms" by assigning subconference phone extensions. Attendees can call into these subconference rooms for phone conversations.
This virtual-conferencing service focuses on a user-friendly experience. The interface has large, clear buttons for the most important features, and the layout itself is clean and logical. Although a minor issue, this service does not let you brand your presentation room with your company logo or colors.
The integration with Microsoft Outlook makes this software convenient. From Outlook, you can schedule meetings, invite people and change presentation-room settings. You can even enter meetings from Outlook.
This online-conferencing service gives you strong control over webcams. You can choose to block the video feeds entirely or you can view every participant. When anyone speaks during the web conference, his or her webcam feed is shown. You can control the volume of a participant or mute him or her entirely.
The file- and application-sharing tools are easy to understand, with two ways to access them from the presentation room and clear instructions on how to use them. You and other attendees can work on projects together with the whiteboard or mark things on the screen. This web-conferencing software does not have a built-in feature to capture and save screenshots, however.
Polling is easy and lets you see in real time how many people are answering. Afterward, you can download the report to see exact answers to questions.
This service lacks social media integration. This would be a convenience as it lets you and your attendees check out others' profiles but isn't especially needed if you're just looking for software to meet with clients or to collaborate on projects. The collaboration tools are basic and easy to use.
For those wishing to hold a conference call, GlobalMeet can meet those needs. The reservationless service allows you to host conference calls whenever you want without any advanced notice. There is no limit to how many conference calls you can host. The service plans include an unlimited amount of toll calls and between 1,000 and 10,000 toll-free minutes, depending on the plan you choose.
When using GlobalMeet for conference calling, you can record all of your calls and download them for no additional cost. In addition, instead of having to dial in when a meeting is supposed to start, you can set up the system to automatically call you and your participants. This removes the burden of having to remember the dial in number or passcode.
Similarly to how web conferences are controlled, conference calls can also be totally managed online. The host can log into the system, see who is on the call, start recordings and mute participants.
Besides its reservationless conference calling, PGi also offers operator-assisted services for larger, more formal conference calls. With this service, a dedicated representative helps you plan the call before it takes place and manage it as it is going on.
Before the event, the representative can coordinate rehearsals, provide expertise on, timing and flow, send out invitations via email or SMS, and collect participant information in advance. During the call, the operator can manage question and answer sessions and create private conference rooms. After the call, they can provide you with participant information, transcriptions and recordings.
Regardless of which type of conference you host, customer support is available 24/7.
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