Zoom Alternatives

Last Updated: 6/4/2020 @ 9:07AM EST

A full, detailed and highly researched post was in the works … but that’s a good month off as I develop the rubric and dive in to full research.

In the mean time, Zoom has just really pissed me off. Their privacy was shit, almost always, but they took steps to amend that. I gave them the benefit of the doubt because they were swamped and became a household name due to Covid-19. But now? Now they’ll be profiting off of working with law enforcement … yep. Their end to end encryption will not be available to free users.

Tech Crunch : https://techcrunch.com/2020/06/03/zooms-privacy-premium/

CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/03/zoom-ceo-eric-yuan-on-encryption-working-with-law-enforcement.html

Fuck that shit. It’s less about E2EE (end to end encryption) for me, and more about the stance they are taking as a company and their misstep after misstep, misdirection and deceit.

The full detailed post is still going to happen, for members of the Wellspring, but here’s a jumpstart. The detailed post will also be made public as a PSA.

Below are a list of alternatives and their FREE level features (if available.) Consider this a living post, as it will be updated regularly.


Cisco Webex


Whereby

  • Up to 4 meeting participants
  • Easy-to-read meeting room links
    • Custom and unique links for your meeting rooms.whereby.com/yourname
  • Desktop & mobile access
  • Secure conversations
  • Screen sharing
  • Lock rooms
  • YouTube integration
    • Open YouTube videos to play for everyone in the room.
  • E2EE: Peer to Peer (DTLS-SRTP) https://whereby.com/information/tos/privacy-policy/

Google Meet

  • Meeting length (maximum) 1 hour
    (24 hours through Sept. 30, 2020)
  • Meeting participants (maximum) 100
  • Number of meetings Unlimited
  • Join from a browser
  • Invite external participants
  • Native mobile apps
  • Live closed captions (English only)
  • Share your screen and present
  • Adjustable layouts
  • E2EE: Fuzzy. https://support.google.com/a/answer/7582940

Learn to use Google Meet: https://events.withgoogle.com/meet-the-expert/#content

Switch from Zoom article: https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9367363?hl=en&ref_topic=9545618

Users do not need a Google Account to JOIN a meeting: https://support.google.com/meet/answer/9303069?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

Note: As a GSuite user, I’m leaning towards Google Meet as my replacement because I’m already paying for some features!


Skype Meet Now

Invite up to 50 people to your call and enjoy unlimited free meetings on Skype.

E2EE: No. They use AES. https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA31/does-skype-use-encryption


Jitsi

Open source, 100% free.

  • Auto-view the active speaker or click on any attendee to see their video
  • Android and iOS apps
  • Text chatting (web only)
  • Lock a room with a password
  • Screen sharing (if jidesha is setup, only required in Chrome)
  • Streaming a conference to YouTube live (if Jibri is configured)
  • Shared text document based on Etherpad
  • Raise/Lower your hand for attention
  • Participant talk-time statistics
  • Push-to-talk mode
  • Play a YouTube video to all attendees call
  • Audio-only option
  • Telephone dial-in to a conference (if Jigasi is setup)
  • Dial-out to a telephone participant (if Jigasi is setup)
  • Integration in other apps / websites
  • E2EE: experimental https://jitsi.org/blog/e2ee/

Join.me (Starts at $10/month)

  • 5 participants per meeting
  • No webcam streams
  • Unlimited number & length of meetings
  • No time limits
  • Unlimited toll & internet calls including international conference lines
  • Personal Link & background
  • Share mouse control(remote control)
  • Pass Presenter
  • Screen & window sharing
  • Meeting lock
  • Reporting
  • Premium customer care
  • Chat and send files
  • User management

BlueJeans (now owned by Verizon; starts at $10/month)


FreeConferenceCall.com

Entirely free. Still researching, but it looks like there is an application process to join.

Daily.co

Handy with code? Free, up to 2000 minutes, this is video conferencing you can set up on your site/platfrom.

Video & Chat

Slack

  • Chat Program (What I use for The Wellspring Office Hours)
  • Access to 10,000 of your team’s most recent messages
  • 10 integrations with other apps like Google Drive, Office 365 and many more
  • 1:1 voice and video calls between teammates

Discord

Built for gamers, but it’s an amazing Slack alternative if you don’t need all the business integrations. Totally free. Open source.

Chanty

Another Slack alternative; Video conferencing is marked as “Coming Soon 2020”

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