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Skype, Zoom, Discord, Google Meet, and WebRTC are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Commons.
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What is Commons and what are its top alternatives?

It is a voice-based communication platform that recreates an office-like environment where you can jump in and out of conversations with your team. It’s super easy to use: Login with Slack. Tap to talk. See the team on 1 screen. Record, transcribe, and assign action items. Connect like you’re in the same room.
Commons is a tool in the Web and Video Conferencing category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Commons

  • Skype

    Skype

    Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. ...

  • Zoom

    Zoom

    Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems. ...

  • Discord

    Discord

    Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover. ...

  • Google Meet

    Google Meet

    It is the business-oriented version of Google's Hangouts platform and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It allows users to dial in phone numbers to access meetings, thus enabling users with slow internet connection to call in. ...

  • WebRTC

    WebRTC

    It is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose. ...

  • Jitsi

    Jitsi

    Jitsi (acquired by 8x8) is a set of open-source projects that allows you to easily build and deploy secure videoconferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which let you have conferences on the internet, while other projects in the community enable other features such as audio, dial-in, recording, and simulcasting. ...

  • Webex

    Webex

    Collaborate with colleagues across your organization, or halfway across the planet. Meet online and share files, information, and expertise. Collaborate from wherever you are with Webex mobile apps for IPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry. If you can get online, you can work together. ...

  • Skype for Business

    Skype for Business

    With one click, anyone can join your online meeting, from any device. You can choose to meet right away, or schedule from Outlook for later. The meeting URL is personalized just for you. ...

Commons alternatives & related posts

Skype logo

Skype

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Voice calls, instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing
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PROS OF SKYPE
  • 258
    Free, widespread
  • 147
    Desktop and mobile apps
  • 110
    Because i have to :(
  • 57
    Low cost international calling
  • 56
    Good for international calls
  • 10
    Best call quality anywhere, generally
  • 5
    Beautiful emojis
  • 4
    Chat bots
  • 2
    Translator
  • 1
    User
  • 1
    Skype for business integration with Outlook
  • 1
    Not the Best, but get the job done
CONS OF SKYPE
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
  • 3
    Not always reliable
  • 3
    Outdated UI
  • 3
    Birthday notifications are annoying
  • 3
    The worst indicator noises of any app ever
  • 2
    Finding/adding people isn't easy

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Dmitry Mukhin

Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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Mark Nelissen

I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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Zoom

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Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing
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PROS OF ZOOM
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    Web conferencing made easy
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    Remote control option
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    Draw on screen
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    Very reliable
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    In-meeting chat is pretty good
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    Free
  • 9
    Pair programming sessions with shared controls
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    Easy to share meeting links/invites
  • 7
    Good Sound Quality
  • 6
    Cloud recordings for meetings
  • 5
    Great mobile app
  • 4
    Recording Feature
  • 4
    Virtual backgrounds
  • 4
    Other people use it
  • 4
    User Friendly actions
  • 2
    Different options for blocking chat
  • 2
    Auto reconnecting
  • 2
    Chrome extension is great to easily create meetings
  • 2
    While sharing screen, you can still see your video
  • 2
    Mute all participants at once
  • 2
    When ending the videocall, everybody gets kicked
  • 2
    Reactions (emoticons)
  • 1
    Easily share video with audio
  • 1
    /zoom on Slack
  • 1
    Registration form
  • 1
    Meant for business and education
  • 0
    Zoom
CONS OF ZOOM
  • 20
    Limited time if you are a basic member
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    Limited Storage
  • 11
    Hate how sharing your screen defaults to Full Screen
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    Quality isn't great (Free)
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    No cursor highlight on screenshare.
  • 8
    Potential security flaws
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    Onboarding process for new users is not intuitive
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    Virtual background quality isn't good
  • 5
    Security
  • 4
    Editing can be improved
  • 4
    Doesn't handle switching audio sources well
  • 4
    The native calendar is buggy
  • 4
    Dashboard can be improved
  • 3
    Pornographic material displayed
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    Any body can get in it
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    Not many emojis
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    Past chat history is not saved
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    Recording Feature
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    En In reality,the chat in the meet not is excelent,noo
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    Zoom lags a lot

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Dmitry Mukhin

Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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Discord

I want to host an online Jeopardy game with less than 30 participants. During each round of the game, I'll stream some videos. The point is to gather friends together to play the Jeopardy game and watch random stuff. Please let me know if there's a more suitable platform other than Discord and Zoom. Thanks, everyone!

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Discord logo

Discord

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All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone
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PROS OF DISCORD
  • 56
    Unlimited Users
  • 53
    Unlimited Channels
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    Easy to use
  • 46
    Fast and easy set-ups and connections
  • 46
    Voice Chat
  • 42
    Clean UI
  • 40
    Mobile Friendly
  • 38
    Free
  • 30
    Android App
  • 26
    Mention system
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    Customizable notifications on per channel basis
  • 25
    Customizable ranks/permissions
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    IOS app
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    Good code embedding
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    Vast Webhook Support
  • 17
    Dark mode
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    Easy context switching between work and home
  • 15
    Roles
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    Great Customer Support
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    Very Resource Friendly
  • 13
    Easy to develop for
  • 13
    Great Communities
  • 13
    Bot control
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    Robust
  • 12
    Video Call Conference
  • 12
    Video call meeting
  • 11
    Able to hold 99 people in one call
  • 11
    Sharing screen layer
  • 10
    Easy Server Setup and joining system
  • 10
    Great browser experience
  • 10
    Shares screen with other member
  • 10
    Cool
  • 9
    Easy
  • 8
    Better than Zoom
  • 8
    Easy to code bots for
  • 8
    Lower bandwidth requirements than competitors
  • 5
    Noice
  • 5
    Everyone look at my con (it's a pro disguised as a con)
  • 4
    Not got wierd emojis like everything made by google
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    Easily set up custom emoji
CONS OF DISCORD
  • 9
    For gamers
  • 9
    Not as many integrations as Slack
  • 4
    Limited file size
  • 4
    For everyone
  • 4
    Discord is great, what are you talking about?
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    Sends data to US Gov
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    Are u mad u ever heard of DMs???
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    Suspected Pedophiles in few servers
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    Undescriptive in global ban reasons
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    What i mean by this is someone said u cant chat lol
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    Unsupportive Support
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    Zoom is WAY better bc you can't even chat on Discord

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Josh Dzielak
Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 19 upvotes · 344K views

Shortly after I joined Algolia as a developer advocate, I knew I wanted to establish a place for the community to congregate and share their projects, questions and advice. There are a ton of platforms out there that can be used to host communities, and they tend to fall into two categories - real-time sync (like chat) and async (like forums). Because the community was already large, I felt that a chat platform like Discord or Gitter might be overwhelming and opted for a forum-like solution instead (which would also create content that's searchable from Google).

I looked at paid, closed-source options like AnswerHub and ForumBee and old-school solutions like phpBB and vBulletin, but none seemed to offer the power, flexibility and developer-friendliness of Discourse. Discourse is open source, written in Rails with Ember.js on the front-end. That made me confident I could modify it to meet our exact needs. Discourse's own forum is very active which made me confident I could get help if I needed it.

It took about a month to get Discourse up-and-running and make authentication tied to algolia.com via the SSO plugin. Adding additional plugins for moderation or look-and-feel customization was fairly straightforward, and I even created a plugin to make the forum content searchable with Algolia. To stay on top of answering questions and moderation, we used the Discourse API to publish new messages into our Slack. All-in-all I would say we were happy with Discourse - the only caveat would be that it's very helpful to have technical knowledge as well as Rails knowledge in order to get the most out of it.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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Google Meet

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A video conferencing app
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PROS OF GOOGLE MEET
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    Free
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    Integrated with G Suite
  • 14
    Group video call
  • 10
    Gmail server integration
  • 10
    Good to make phone calls
  • 9
    Easy to add and remove contacts
  • 9
    Instant Messaging
  • 7
    Unlimited Storage (Premium version)
  • 6
    Record (Premium Feature)
  • 6
    Easy setup
  • 6
    User friendly mobile app
  • 5
    Saves the chats for future reference
  • 5
    Browser extension
  • 5
    Accessible from the Browser
  • 3
    No pornography
  • 2
    Google Meet is never buggy
  • 2
    Cool emoji extensions
  • 2
    16 people show at the same time
  • 2
    Meet has the best quality in terms of participant view
  • 2
    Amazing captions
CONS OF GOOGLE MEET
  • 9
    Quality isn't great
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
  • 2
    No client annotation on shared screen
  • 2
    Not great sound quality
  • 2
    Difficult to share video with audio
  • 2
    Needs to take measures to improve the ecosystem
  • 1
    Auto-added to G Cal invites
  • 1
    Needs better support and rollout process
  • 1
    No interactions activities
  • 1
    Overheat cpu on Android
  • 1
    No desktop client
  • 1
    No desktop client

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I own an Escape Room. Since right now everyone is practicing social distancing, I would like to run my Escape Room games virtually. I would like to allow approx 4 users to log in to play. They can chitchat a few minutes before their game to get to know each other. Then once the game begins, I will introduce myself and give them the plot to their escape game. I will have a wide-angle camera mounted to the wall to show the room, and as the game master, carry a tablet or webcam around as players talk to me and direct me to show them certain items in the room, move in for closeups in certain areas, try lock combinations, etc. I will be their hands while they solve the puzzles. I am not sure if Google Hangouts Google Meet or Zoom is better for this. I did try it yesterday using google hangout meet and it was good, but I think there may have been a wifi issue where it was choppy. Just trying to figure out the best option. Thank you! Catherine

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WebRTC

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A free, open project that provides browsers and mobile applications with Real-Time Communications
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PROS OF WEBRTC
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    OpenSource
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    No Download
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    You can write anything around it, because it's a protoc
CONS OF WEBRTC
    Be the first to leave a con

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    Hello. So, I wanted to make a decision on whether to use WebRTC or Amazon Chime for a conference call (meeting). My plan is to build an app with features like video broadcasting, and the ability for all the participants to talk and chat. I have used Agora's web SDK for video broadcasting, and Socket.IO for chat features. As I read the comparison between Amazon Chime and WebRTC, it further intrigues me on what I should use given my scenario? Is there any way that so many related technologies could be a hindrance to the other? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. Ritwik Neema

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    joseph zeiad

    I am trying to implement video calling in a React Native app through Amazon Kinesis. But I was unlucky to find anything related to this on the web. Do you have any example code I can use? or any tutorial? If not, how easy is it to bridge the native library to RN? And what should I use WebRTC or Amazon Chime?? Thanks

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    Jitsi

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    Multi-platform open-source video conferencing
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    PROS OF JITSI
    • 31
      Open Source
    • 20
      Entirely free conferencing
    • 18
      Unlimited time
    • 4
      Accessible from browser
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      WebRTC standard
    • 2
      Desktop, app and browser tab sharing
    • 2
      Live stream to youtube
    • 2
      Great API to develop with
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      Dial-In and Dial-Out via SIP
    • 1
      Secure & encrypted video conference
    • 1
      Share youtube videos in conference
    • 1
      Easy installation and good support
    • 1
      Full HD
    CONS OF JITSI
    • 6
      UnLimited time
    • 5
      No multiplatform
    • 1
      Good support
    • 1
      Live conference statistics
    • 1
      Great features
    • 1
      Great quality

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    Zoom

    A common issue with Zoom is the "half-duplex" operation, where only one person can speak at a time, and another person speaking will cause an interrupt and take control. Hence the infernal mute button is so needed. Does Jitsi allow for a "full-duplex" communication to occur? An example scenario is two people singing a duet, which is impossible on a Zoom call.

    Many Thanks, Garry

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    Webex

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    Connect with anyone, anywhere, any time
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    PROS OF WEBEX
    • 5
      Cons
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      Secure
    • 3
      Good branding - Cisco
    • 3
      High Quality
    • 3
      Easy to Use
    CONS OF WEBEX
    • 1
      Horrible voice quality, voice gaps, drops

    related Webex posts

    Dmitry Mukhin

    Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

    Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

    Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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    Prem Mathew
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    Amazon Chime

    I am looking for the best video conferencing software corporate license. Kindly advise on pricing as well as features between Amazon Chime and Webex, which one to choose. What is the best choice for a corporate license?

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    Skype for Business

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    Professional online meetings built for business
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    PROS OF SKYPE FOR BUSINESS
      Be the first to leave a pro
      CONS OF SKYPE FOR BUSINESS
        Be the first to leave a con

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