The Pandemic, a spotlight was placed on video conferencing and collaboration software. Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and sudden shift to remote learning, the video conferencing market size is expected to top10.92 billion dollars by 2027.
Skyrocketing demand for video conferencing platforms has created an extremely competitive field with large technology investments coming from a plethora of technology giants.
This guide compares three of the largest competitors in the videoconferencing space (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet) across three main categories; pricing, features, and functionality.
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Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet offer multiple versions of their software based on usage requirements. This includes free versions that are great for light uses, short conference calls, and light file sharing.
Microsoft Teams for Education
Microsoft Teams comes with all Microsoft Office 365 A licenses and features do not change across the license plans.
G Suite does not have any features specifically for education that differ from their enterprise solution, however, the G Suite platform is built for collaboration and offers a great medium for online learning and teaching.
Google Meet is a fantastic conferencing platform and Google Chat offers a chatting/collaboration/file sharing tool for added collaborating ability.
Using Google Classroom, Google Assignment and Google Forms, educators can create class curriculums, assign projects and grade with ease.
Advantages of Google Suite (Meet) include:
Collaboration - Google's entire product suite was built with collaboration in mind
Products - Google Suite appears to have a product for every task
Ease-of-use - If you use Gmail, you are likely already familiar with at least a handful Google products
Open Source - Google offers limitless open source templates for nearly any task
When comparing these three products it is important to keep in mind that we are not comparing apples to apples.
Zoom is a stand-alone video conferencing product. Microsoft Teams andGoogle Meet are both conferencing products that are part of much larger product suites. Google Meet and Microsoft Teams cannot be purchased separately as they are part of all license options.
If you purchase Zoom, it is very likely you have already or will be purchasing either a Microsoft Office 365 or G Suite license.
Office 365 and G Suite
Microsoft Office 365 and Google's G Suite own over 99% of the office suite market share. They are both great product suites and are a must have for nearly every work environment.
For this comparison guide only the video conferencing features have been compared for Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet.
Across 12,229 g2.com reviews, Teams averages 4.3/5. Here are the trending positive reviews:
Tightly integrated with other Microsoft Office apps
Plentiful integration options
Included with Office 365 business accounts
Across 41,019 g2.com reviews, Zoom averages 4.5/5. Here are the trending positive reviews:
Rich features for hosts and participants
Easy to use
Company addresses problems candidly and quickly
Across 39,852g2.com reviews, Google Workspace averages 4.6/5. Here are the trending positive reviews:
Open source availability makes creating course content a breeze
Plentiful integration options
Included with Google Suite
Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet offer a great solution to any video conferencing need.
Overall, Zoom is the highest reviewed conferencing software and a great option for a stand-alone video conferencing solution. However, when it comes to the best value, it is hard to beat Microsoft's 365 Business license. Not only do you get Microsoft Teams, but you receive access to the entire Microsoft suite and collaboration tools.
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