The Best Video Conferencing Software of 2018: A Comparison of Features and Performance

Note: All features correspond to lowest tier subscription version. Prices are accurate as of April 2018.

Free VersionSubscription Price
(lowest tier subscription)
Screen ShareWhiteboardRecord VideoCloud StorageMaximum Group VideoHD VideoChatMobile Access
Adobe Connect$50/month25
Amazon ChimePay-as-you-go, $3/active host per day $15/month maximum per host16Audio only on AndroidRead Review
Appear.in$9.99/month12Read Review
BlueJeans$12.49/host/monthOnly for Mac users25Read Review
Cisco Spark$12/user/month3Read About Cisco Spark Room Kit
FuzeOn requestN/ARead About Fuze Unified Communication
Google Hangouts Meet$5/user/month25Read Review
GoToMeeting$19/month10Read Review
FaceTimeFree2iOS onlyRead Review
join.me$10/month5Read Review
JusTalkFree2Read Review
Skype for Business (Migrating to Microsoft Teams)$12.50/user/month250Read About Microsoft Teams
Skype (Consumer)Free25Read Review
StarLeaf$12/month50Read Review
TangoFree2Read Review
Vidyo$19.99/user/month100Read Review
VSee$49/health provider/month32Meet VSee Founder Milton Chen
WebEx$19/month8
Zoom$14.99/host/month100Read Review

Best Small Business Platform

Zoom

The affordability of Skype for Business is a big part of the reason it’s our overall winner, but small businesses bear the most risk when it comes to vendor instability, and Skype’s transition to Teams is enough of an unknown to make Zoom the safest choice here (although, in our opinion, these two platforms are pretty nearly neck and neck when it comes to small businesses).

Flexible, affordable, and scalable, Zoom is one of the fastest growing apps in the world—and there’s a strong free version that’ll let you try before you buy. Zoom has all the video conferencing essentials, and it can be linked with a wide range of third-party apps, such as Slack, Salesforce, and Dropbox.

Best Social Video Conferencing Platform

Skype

Skype was given a major facelift in the middle of 2017, and the end result is an renewed emphasis on “fun.” Bowing to peer-group pressure from the social messaging crowd, the new Skype is noticeably more text friendly and packed full of emojis, video and photo sharing, and mood colors. New features like anonymous video calling without an account and the arrival of chatbots have also helped give new life to this tried-and-true platform. Of course, Skype is still all about video calling, and it’s still free, streamlined, reliable, and intuitive to use.

Best WebRTC Platform

Appear.in

Some video conferencing apps use Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) around the edges of their offering, but Appear.in is WebRTC. You can set up your own personalized video chat room in minutes, without any downloads and without signing up to any accounts, and run the whole thing through your web browser’s built-in capabilities. If that isn’t enough for you, Appear.in has introduced a more feature-packed subscription service as well—but we love it for its instant, anonymous chat rooms.

Best Platform for Large Audiences

BlueJeans

Catering for a large group video call is about more than the sheer number of people you can wedge onto a screen. The BlueJeans team has experimented more than most with catering to crowds of dozens and even hundreds, partnering with Facebook Live to allow mass interactive, live-streaming events. BlueJeans Events can host up to 15,000 live participants (though not all on video at once) and offers audience engagement and moderator tools to make it easier to handle very large groups. It’s a town hall approach to video calling that is limitless in potential.

Best Platform for Multimedia

WebEx

Video conferencing is at its best when it goes beyond a set of talking heads. WebEx is as feature-packed a platform as you’ll find, and carries all the meeting extras that give video conferencing its potential. You can share not only screens, but apps, whiteboards, and files from your computer; the host can lock the main display onto a specific caller and mute others to maintain focus. You can even make multimedia slideshows for a meeting, including Flash animations…and you can chat as well.

Most Unique Design

Tango

Tango is unique among video conferencing platforms. Rather than being content with dividing the screen into Brady Bunch-type chat windows like everyone else does—and I mean everyone—Tango instead lets its callers float around the screen in weightless bubbles. The main background and controls remain muted as watermarks beneath the callers, giving the whole presentation a relaxed ambiance no other video calling app has attempted.

Best App Integration

Google Hangouts Meet

Like Skype for Business, Google Hangouts gets a home field advantage when it comes to the integration of external apps. It has the power of Google’s G Suite behind it, and is fully connected to all the Calendars, Docs, and Android apps that make it go and make using it a no-brainer. Amazon Chime should begin a similar in-house stable soon, but Microsoft and Google stand apart from the field at the moment.

Best Host Controls

Vidyo

Video conferencing hosts have greater control over the flow of a meeting than ever before thanks to platforms like Vidyo. A Vidyo host can not only lock the door on latecomers to a meeting in progress, but also has the power to mute the audio and/or video of any caller and to disconnect any caller from the meeting, effectively kicking them out. Hosts also have the usual controls, like being in charge of starting and ending a video recording of the call.