Top 4 Free Web Conferencing Software

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Need to connect with your team remotely via online meetings? Check out these four free web conferencing solutions.

Remote work is going to become the new normal in the coming years. According to a Gartner report (content available to Gartner clients only), by 2030, there will be a 30% increase in the demand for remote work, owing to its strong preference by Generation Z.

To stay relevant and competitive in this new normal, businesses should start preparing right away. They can begin by investing in technology, especially those that help with remote communication, such as web conferencing tools.

However, we understand that not all businesses have the IT budget to invest in expensive technologies. That’s why we’ve created this report that lists the four best web conferencing solutions that come with a free plan.

This article looks at four highly rated free web conferencing software options. See the full list of free web conferencing software solutions here.
Top 4 free web conferencing solutions (in alphabetical order)
FreeConference

FreeConferenceCall.com

Google Meet

Zoom

For more details on how we selected these products, you can read our methodology below.

Free Web Conferencing Software

1. FreeConference

Rating and reviews: 4.5 out of 5 from 21+ reviews

FreeConference is a web conferencing tool that comes with capabilities such as audio and video calling, screen sharing, and mobile apps. Users can also share messages, files, and documents during a web conference using the drag-and-drop chat interface.

The free version includes all the essential web conferencing features but puts a cap of 100 participants for audio calls and five web participants, and doesn’t offer audio recording or phone support.

Web conferencing in Freeconference

Web conferencing in FreeConference (Source)

Pros

Cons

Users mention the tool is easy to use and has a wide range of features. Some users mention unsatisfactory audio quality and call drop issues.

Cost to upgrade


Starts at $9.99 for 15 web participants.

Mobile apps


Android and iOS

2. FreeConferenceCall.com

Rating and reviews: 4.5 out of 5 from 162+ reviews

FreeConferenceCall.com comes with video conferencing, screen sharing, remote desktop, and chat functionalities. To begin a web conferencing session, the host needs to download the desktop app and invite participants by sharing the conference link on websites and social channels or via emails using the Outlook plugin. During sessions, attendees can interact with each other by sending messages and sharing files via the tool’s chat console.

The free version does not put any feature limitations but caps the number of participants at 1,000 per audio and video conference session.

Web conference in FreeConferenceCall.com

Starting a web conference in FreeConferenceCall.com (Source)

Pros

Cons

Users like the fact that the free version supports a large number of participants. Users would like to see fewer call drops when attendees join via phones.

Cost to upgrade


Starts at a suggested price of $4 per month; custom (pay what you can) pricing is also available.

Mobile apps


Android and iOS

3. Google Meet

Rating and reviews: 4.5 out of 5 from 8,239+ reviews

Google Meet is a web conferencing tool that comes with features such as group chats, video/voice calls, and screen sharing. To start a web conference, users can open Meet by logging into Gmail or downloading the Chrome extension. Participants can also use the chat interface to share messages and files during the conference.

The free version of Meet offers all the necessary web conferencing features, however, there’s a cap of 60 minutes per web conference, which as per Google will be removed from September 2020.

Web conferencing in Google Meet

Web conferencing in Google Meet (Source)

Pros

Cons

Users like the tool’s intuitive interface and its automatic syncing with Google calendar. Some users would like to see more features, such as virtual backgrounds.

Cost to upgrade


The paid version starts at $6 per user per month.

Mobile apps


Android and iOS

4. Zoom

Rating and reviews: 4.6 out of 5 from 4,906+ reviews

Zoom is a web conferencing tool that comes with features such as online meetings, virtual backgrounds, and reporting. The tool allows participants to interact during a conference by sharing files and messages.

The free version includes all the essential web conferencing features such as screen/application sharing and private/group chats. However, it limits the number of participants to 100 per meeting and allows group meetings that are no longer than 40 minutes.

Zoom mobile web conferencing

Starting a web conference from a mobile device in Zoom (Source)

Pros

Cons

Users mention the tool provides excellent video and audio quality. Some users feel the tool, being loaded with features, demands a long learning curve.

Cost to upgrade


Starts at $14.99 for meeting durations of up to 24 hours.

Mobile apps


Android and iOS

Next steps

This report intends to give you a starting reference for free web conferencing tools on the market. However, remember that free tools typically have limitations on different factors, such as the number of users and conference calls and type of support services.

Make sure that you choose a tool that meets all of your remote collaboration requirements. Web conferencing is a part of a large ecosystem of remote and online collaboration tools.

Here’s a quick reading list with details of collaboration and communication tools that can help you manage remote work better:


Methodology:

To identify the systems featured here, we entered the term “web conferencing software” in Google during the week of April 20 in an incognito window with the location set to the U.S. The top solutions on the first, second, and third page of Google’s results, along with products listed on industry-leading blogs, that fit our description below were selected for review.

Free products

For this article, we classified a product as free if:

  • It offers a free version of the software.

  • It is not intended as a trial version of the software where you must purchase a product version after a limited amount of time.

  • It allows group meetings of at least five web participants.

  • It met our web conferencing software definition.

Criteria

Once a tool was classified as free, we analyzed that tool according to the following criteria:

  • It had at least 20 reviews published on Capterra.

  • It had four or more (out of five) ratings in Capterra.

Note: Listed pros and cons are derived from features listed on the product website and product user reviews on Gartner Digital Markets domains (Capterra, GetApp, and Software Advice). They do not represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Capterra or its affiliates.

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About the Author

Pritam Tamang

Pritam Tamang

Pritam is a Content Analyst at Capterra and Software Advice. He writes technology research reports centered around small business project management. His areas of interest are SaaS technologies, content marketing and agile/lean thinking.

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