10 Free Web Conferencing Tools

We had earlier covered how telepresence helps to save cost. Similarly, virtual meetings too can save money and support environment by eliminating travel. Online presentations, meetings are now normal and pretty much every organization makes use of some form of virtual meeting on the internet. WebEx is one of the pioneer in Web Conference technology  and now it is part of Cisco. There are others like GoToMeeting, IBM Sametime etc that offer compelling features. But these services are expensive and small companies, group of people can not afford such higher premium price.

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Fortunately there are couple of Free (or much cheaper) alternatives to easy web conferencing tools that are equally packed with features. Here we list some of them. All of these work on multiple platforms like Windows, Mac and Linux.

Mikogo (Absolutely Free!)

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This one is just amazing, Mikogo is an easy-to-use cross-platform desktop sharing tool, ideal for free web conferencing, online meetings or remote support. And it’s FREE for both commercial and private use. The fact is, We weren’t even aware of! Until someone from Mikogo team added a comment below! Everything looks amazing but Linux support is missing altogether. Mac is mostly supported. So, Mikogo works good on Windows. We feel that it may soon support Linux and that would be a thing to wait! Anyways, Thanks to Mikogo for the all free meeting suit,  free web conferencing tool, it really helps. Website is very neat, features are plenty without limitation and that’s the reason why it is listed in the first place!

Features:

  1. Desktop Sharing (for Mac/Windows)
  2. Multiple Meeting Participants(for Mac/Windows)
  3. Switch Presenter(for Mac/Windows)
  4. Remote Keyboard and Mouse Control(for Mac/Windows)
  5. Meeting Scheduler(for Windows)
  6. Meeting Recording and Playback (for Windows)
  7. Whiteboard (for Windows)
  8. Transfer Files(for Mac/Windows)
  9. Application Selection(for Windows)
  10. Back Monitor(for Windows)
  11. Pointer(for Mac/Windows)
  12. Copy/Paste/Email Meeting Info(for Mac/Windows)
  13. Pause Transmission(for Mac/Windows)
  14. Voice Conferencing Service(for Mac/Windows)

Vyew (Free with Limited features)

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Vyew is a new and powerful platform for real-time and always on interaction between people and content. It is a great way to do free web conferencing and lets you have unlimited meetings, SSL Secure login, 10 real time participants and more.

Features:

  1. Browser based, No download is needed. It works on Windows, Mac as well as Linux.
  2. Hundreds of Active/Archived Meetings per User
  3. Flexible, PowerPoint-like Authoring
  4. All meeting content is auto-saved in real-time, always available to authorized users.
  5. Publish your meetings via direct URL or embedded in a webpage/email.
  6. Customizable interface with colors and your logo.
  7. Built-in Voice over IP )VoIP, Webcam and Free teleconferencing that use standard phones within the USA to call into a conference call system.
  8. and much more

Vyew is always free, but additional capacities and features exist for low monthly fees. Here is the pricing details.

OnWebinar (Free)

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OnWebinar is a free web conf service that allows you to organize distance learning, business meetings, online coaching, videoconferences and interactive communication. The service includes video broadcasting, private chat, public chat, shared resources area (whiteboard, slide show presentation, desktop sharing, files and links), polling tools, videoconferencing etc.

BigBlueButton (Free and Open Source)

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BigBlueButton is an active open source project that focuses on usability, modularity, and clean design — both for the user and the developer. The project is hosted at Google Code

DimDim (Unfortunately a paid service now after Salesforce acquisition)

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DimDim delivers synchronized live presentations, whiteboards and web pages while sharing your voice and video over the Internet – with no download.  It is a good Free commercial Web Conferencing solution for team of up to 20 with features like,

  1. Browser based, It works on Windows, Mac as well as Linux.
  2. Share and Present documents
  3. Share Computer Screens, WebPages
  4. Share microphones (up to 4 people for Free)
  5. Share whiteboards
  6. Built-in VoIP support and more…

DimDim is capable and unofficially known as an alternative to WebEx that can really save money on Pro accounts. However, DimDim gained faster publicity by going open source, referred to as a free/cheaper alternative to WebEx. Apparently, they had a cynical plan to get sold for a quick bucks :)

Yugma (Free with Limited features)

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Yugma offers free, pro and enterprise service for desktop sharing, web conferencing, online meetings, and web collaboration for Mac, Windows, and Linux users. Yugma has solutions for individuals, organizations, and small or large businesses. Yugma is perfect for web conferencing, online meetings, webinars, web meetings, web collaboration, desktop sharing, sales presentations, online training, and remote support. Yugma for Skype is also available and provides instant desktop sharing and interactive collaboration tools for Skype users. Yugma is free web conferencing solution with limited features.

Features:

  1. Yugma Free allows 20 attendees host a meeting (premium versions support up to 500 attendees)
  2. Desktop Sharing
  3. Free Teleconferencing
  4. Public and Private Chat
  5. Customizable Widget
  6. Works on Windows, Mac and Linux
  7. Skype Integration

Adobe ConnectNow (Free with Limited features)

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Adobe ConnectNow, one of the Acrobat.com services, is a great way to share ideas, discuss details, and complete work together — all online. Reduce travel costs, save time, and increase productivity with a web conferencing solution that’s easy to access and simple to use.  Use screen sharing, chat, notes, audio, and video to conduct meetings online that can be as interactive and productive as in-person meetings. Adobe ConnectNow is free web conferencing solution with limited features.

Features:

  1. Screen sharing
  2. Whiteboards
  3. Remote control
  4. Integrated audio choices
  5. Meeting URL
  6. Video conferencing and more…

YuuGuu (Free with Limited features)

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Yuuguu offers cross network instant messaging, instant screen sharing, real time collaboration, free web conferencing and remote support. YuuGuu Free is good for starters with Screen Sharing support up to 5 participants and features like;

  1. Integrated chat and real time collaboration
  2. Screen sharing in real time
  3. High Quality Global Audio Conferencing

YuuGuu has premium paid versions too that support more features.

OpenMeetings (Free)

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OpenMeetings, an Open Source Free Web Conferencing tool that is worth trying. It supports a lot of features…

Features:

  1. Video/Audio
  2. See Desktop of any participant
  3. Whiteboard with drawing, write & edit, dragNDrop, Resizing, Images (DragNDrop from Library), Symbols
  4. Safe/export Drawings from whiteboard and load it next time, edit and resave
  5. Document Importing
  6. Send invitation and direct links into a conference room
  7. LDAP-Connector
  8. Remote SOAP-Gateway for Single Sign On, integration and remote administration
  9. Moderating System, User-/Organisation-/Moderating- System
  10. Private and Public (Organisation only) Conference-Rooms

WebHuddle (Free)

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WebHuddle (free web conferencing tool) makes it easy to meet with the people you need to, when you need to — all it takes is a web-enabled PC and something to say. Using WebHuddle, you have options and flexibility. Meetings can be conducted either in conjunction with an enterprise’s existing teleconferencing service, or utilizing WebHuddle’s optional voice over IP. WebHuddle also offers recording capabilities — presentations can easily be recorded for playback over any web browser for those who missed the live meeting. WebHuddle is Open Source.

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  • Sandi Frolich

    Mikogo is not free. It only has a free trial for 30 days and then you have to pay.

    • cogzidelsales

      You can have a free account with all the features and only if you need to schedule a meeting you should be moving in for a subscription…. 

    • rborough80

      just click on “download” on the Mikogo website and download the free software. You don’t have to pay for that. If you want all the business features I think you have to upgrade. I also signed up for a free account so I can login to the account section and check my meeting statistics

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  • Guest

    What is the problem with you guys? Free software means free(dom) and open source software. At least you could be clear on that, because it makes a lot of difference.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aliasgar.babat.1 Aliasgar Babat

    Hey. It is a nice article regarding 10 free web conferencing tools. In addition to above, one can even use trial versions of other web conferencing services such as WebEx, gomeetnow, gotomeeting etc. in order to conduct web conferences, webinars, online presentations, demos etc.

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  • Marie Talcod

    Great list. Open source software solutions grow in popularity even if they are still considered by some as ‘false economy’ solutions. I’m currently working at TALCOD (French Open source and Web agency), and all the customers seem satisfied with the solutions and videoconferencing rooms that we base on BigBlueButton. I do believe that open source solutions have a bright future.

  • George Cook

    Nice list. You can also upgrade the list by adding Proofhub in it. For more info, take a tour at http://www.proofhub.com

  • Laurence H Chandler

    Hi guys, I have tried a couple of the both but I haven’t found one which gives you the complete package until I found Drum (thisisdrum.com). Drum is free and delivers everything we need here at CIM SE. It allows us to collaborate on live documents and hold web meetings with no downloads.