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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Comparing GoToMeeting and Zoom for online meetings

Online meeting nowadays is becoming a lifestyle. In this report ITREALMS took a closer look at both Zoom and GoToMeeting.

No doubt, both Zoom and GoToMeeting are good and have impressive features and benefits and depending on what we intend to achieve or gain from such applications for our organization during meetings including, but not limited to:
Questions in mind
GoToMeeting
Offers
Zoom
Offers
Video conferencing
Yes
Yes
How many attendees expected
26
100
Do we need multiple video feeds visible on screen?

Yes
Will there be need for screen sharing,
No
Yes
Will there be need for:-


Annotation,
Yes
Yes
Group chat, Breakout rooms,
Yes
Yes
Need to record our meetings, and if so, how much cloud storage might we need?
Yes
Yes
Dial-in and calling options
Yes
Yes
Design and Ease of Use
Yes with advanced technicalities
Yes with ease
Host and Admin Controls
Yes
Yes
Transcripts, and Storage
Yes
Yes
Audio:
GoToMeeting
Zoom
VoIP (Internet)
Yes
Yes
Phone call-in
Yes
Yes
Toll-free call-in (optional)
Yes
Yes
Video:


Resolution
720pixel
720pixel
Active Speaker switching
Yes
Yes
Max video streams
6
25
Plans and Pricing
See below
See below

GoToMeeting[i] offers plans:

1.   GoToMeeting Starter allows up to 10 participants and costs $14 monthly (billed annually at $171).
2.   GoToMeeting Pro costs $29 per month (billed annually at $348).
3.   Free version of GoToMeeting
Allows collaboration and sharing of your screen with up to 3 clients and colleagues using just your web browser.
Zoom[ii][iii] offers four plans:
1.     Basic (Free),
2.     Pro ($14.99/host/month),
3.     Business ($19.99/host/month), and
4.     Enterprise ($19.99/host/month).
Users can host up to 100 participants.
Paid plans can be expanded up to 500 participants for a fee ranging from $34.99/month to $259.99/month (per host) for 200, 300, or 500 participants.


[i][i] NB: GoToMeeting only supports 26 people (including host) to attend. If we might have more than 26 persons, we shall need to use GoToWebinar, which supports up to 1000 participants.
[ii] NB: Zoom supports 100 and can be scaled up to 500 or more depending on the payment plans.

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