LogMeIn, Inc. is a company that specializes in creating connection possibilities for their customers. They have a proprietary tool for online conferences called Join.Me. The platform has some pretty robust features, but lacks video conferencing and streaming at this time. In the future, the company hopes to add more robust video conferencing abilities, though it is possible to share videos and screens over an Internet connection.
The products that LogMeIn creates can be activated with either a stand-alone application or a web browser. If you want to use the web portal option, you will need to download Active X or extensions and plugins for Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. The Join.Me product achieves peer-to-peer connectivity, letting clients communicate remotely. LogMeIn currently has a patent for their Join.Me and other P2P command and data transfer functionalities. LogMeIn has been around since 2003.
Adobe is a company that is known very well to graphic designers. In recent years, they’ve released several successful lines of products, including Fireworks, Captivate, and a wide array of other successful tools. The first stable release of Adobe Connect came in 2012. After Macromedia had been absorbed into Adobe, the old Breeze product was rebranded as Connect.
We really felt like these tools are great and we’ll discuss them more in the review. Adobe Connect integrates very easily with other Adobe apps, making it one of the most robust tools we reviewed in this industry.
InterCall is one of the standard conferencing tools in the web conferencing industry. We found that they had been in business since 1991. They claim that more than 2.5 million people in 65,000 organizations use their product for web conferencing. In 2013, the company claimed that 25 billion conference call minutes happened with Intercall technology, creating over $2.6 billion in revenue.
In 2003, a company called West Corporation acquired Intercall. Eventually, West Corporation and Intercall purchased many different companies, including ConferenceCall.com, Sprint Conferencing, and others.
PGi is the parent company that carries iMeet. The company is a global provider of conferencing and chatting solutions. They offer audio conferencing, webcasting, and virtual meeting solutions. iMeet and GlobalMeet are two of the most popular products that the company carries. PGi’s options are offered as a SaaS (software as a service). These services are offered to small-, medium-, and enterprise-level companies, making PGi one of the biggest providers of “virtual rooms” to companies in the world. PGi has been steadily growing over the years. They’ve acquired several different companies and created new products. One of the neatest products that we learned about was Agenday...a calendar integration for Android and iOS that has received rave reviews in the news. We also found that PGi has acquired almost ten new companies in the decade. We predict that PGi’s iMeet will grow in popularity and functionality as the company grows.
GoToMeeting is a web-hosted service designed by the online division of Citrix Systems. It utilizes audio, desktop sharing, and video conferencing tools that let users meet with other users, customers, and team members over the Internet in real time.
The system broadcasts the desktop of the host's computer to other meeting attendees through the Internet. The meeting is protected with high-level security and passwords. Ultimately, GoToMeeting is one of the most secure online meeting systems, encrypted with Citrix's high-level security features.
We reviewed Cisco’s WebEx and found that it was a robust platform that integrates easily with other Cisco products. Cisco is an American software company hat was founded in 1989. Their robust platform of tools supports servers, applications, desktop virtualization, networking, and web conferencing solutions for enterprise-level businesses. The company provides services to over 300,000+ organizations worldwide. With headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Cisco also has locations throughout the world, empowering them to provide world-class global support.
ReadyTalk was developed just a little over a decade ago, in 2000. They offer several web-based solutions for businesses such as web conferencing. audio conferencing, video conferencing, recording and playback, and event management. ReadyTalk started as a fearless team of entrepreneurs that wanted to develop powerful and great audio and web conferencing for business holders.
RingCentral is a publicly traded company that has some pretty nifty feature in their web conferencing software. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. They are based out of Belmont, CA and have offices all over the world, including Denver; Manila, Philippines; Xiamen, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Odessa in the Ukraine. They were founded in 1999. Their big investors include several big players in the finance industry, including Hermes Growth Partners and DAG Ventures. The company became publicly traded in 2013.
RingCentral's awards and recognitions were big in getting company publicly founded. They were a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer in 2010. They also have won two Editor's Choice Awards from PC Magazine, were the 2009 Product of the Year in a major industry magazine, and have been recognized by CNET.
With RingCentral, there are over 350,000 business customers that use their web conferencing services. You can easily manage the system from your smartphone or tablet. This company is very a Bring-Your-Own-Device culture, with iPhone, iPad, and Android capabilities. Finally, there are also cool features in the phone conferencing part of the service.
Cenero is the mother ship company for Auralink. This company provides cloud-based SaaS video communication between different devices. Auralink has 24/7 live technical support and lets users seamlessly communicate with one another over the Internet. Auralink is unique in the industry because it interfaces with both laptop, desktop, and mobile devices and has functionality with "old-fashioned" video conferencing system.
Auralink has several different partnerships and products and is one of the big movers in the HD videoconferencing industry. They were one of the first companies to provide mobile functionality back in 2011 and had apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. We also felt like Auralink had done a pretty good job in getting its services available to many different industries at different, scalable pricing tiers.
The hardware with Auralink is something that is unique in the industry. Many SaaS models are built on having companies jettison their legacy system, while Auralink lets customers keep certain pieces of videoconferencing hardware.
ClickMeeting is a company that provides its customers with live chat and webinar solutions. We found that a larger company called Implix, which has offices all over the world, owns the company. ClickMeeting, unlike some of the other chat services in the industry, has some apps and integrations available and even invites developers to submit apps for integration into the platform. The web conferencing tools available with Click Meeting have a lot of room for expansion. If you are a small business that might need to do a quick conference, the $30 per month plan is great. Larger businesses can pay more per month and have up to 1000 participants.
Click Meeting also has done some great work in making their product affordable for non-profits. If you choose Click Meeting for your non-profit organization, you are eligible for up to 40% off for any of the pricing plans for as long as you use the service. Additionally, Click Meeting lets you try the product for up to 30 days before requiring payment--enough time to take the platform for a test drive.