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What call app did your team use before switching to Zoom?

I went from Skype to Hangouts to Zoom—and while I still occasionally use Slack calls or FaceTime, in general I prefer Zoom and find it to be more reliable on most calls. Which other call apps did you use, and are there any features you miss?

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forouzani's avatar
2 years ago
Hangouts and Uberconference

Hangouts and Uberconference. Hangouts was pretty clunky, I was almost always using Uberconference. But now Zoom just has every feature you could want and works so well, it's hard to imagine changing.

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@NBNite (replying to @forouzani )
2 years ago

Same here, although we've yet to make the full-time move over to Zoom (still riding the Uberconference bandwagon).

It's also been super helpful that Uberconference has lifted their 40-minute time limit on group conferences because of the current climate.

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kil0ran's avatar
2 years ago
Readytalk, Hangouts, and Skype

Don't miss any of those - Zoom all the way for us, even though we use Teams for the rest of our collaboration. We run webinars and Zoom Pro is just perfect for that - automations and cloud recordings a big plus, plus full support for animations in PPT which ReadyTalk didn't have

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JasonYanowitz's avatar
2 years ago
Google Hangouts

Our entire company uses Google Hangouts for both internal & external (including sales) communications. I still have not figured out why folks love Zoom as compared to Hangouts..

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@maguay (replying to @JasonYanowitz )
2 years ago

Interesting! Do you still use both Hangouts and Zoom?

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@JasonYanowitz (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Nope, just Hangouts. When others send a Zoom I'll join. But whenever we create/lead the meeting, it's through Hangouts.

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@maguay (replying to @JasonYanowitz )
2 years ago

Gottcha. Easy too if you use Google Calendar since it includes a Hangouts link by default!

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maguay's avatar
2 years ago
Skype, GoToMeeting, Hangouts

Skype is the obvious first call app to use—and it got the job done, felt like the future at first, but never felt consistently reliable enough for team calls. And it used to at least require both parties to be online at the same time to send messages, which made it impossible to use their chat for anything much.

GoToMeeting was more stable for group calls, but had the annoying habit of requiring you to install updates seemingly every time you joined a call.

Hangouts had a more modern design, but would drain your laptop battery in a single call and keep your laptop fans running the whole time. And if your internet was slow, it didn't degrade gracefully.

Zoom covered literally every point the other apps had dropped the ball, so it fit what my team needed.

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