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Alternatives to Hangouts

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

It is a communication platform which includes messaging, video chat, and VOIP features.
Hangouts is a tool in the Web and Video Conferencing category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Hangouts

  • Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts

    Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group. ...

  • Skype

    Skype

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

  • Duo

    Duo

    Duo is a next-generation package manager that blends the best ideas from Component, Browserify and Go to make organizing and writing front-end code quick and painless. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • WhatsApp

    WhatsApp

    It is a cross-platform mobile messaging app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media. ...

  • Slack

    Slack

    Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together. ...

  • 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. ...

Hangouts alternatives & related posts

Google Hangouts logo

Google Hangouts

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A communication platform
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PROS OF GOOGLE HANGOUTS
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    Nothing
CONS OF GOOGLE HANGOUTS
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    Everything

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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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Skype logo

Skype

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Voice calls, instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing
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PROS OF SKYPE
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    Free, widespread
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    Desktop and mobile apps
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    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
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    Skype for business integration with Outlook
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    Not the Best, but get the job done
CONS OF SKYPE
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
  • 3
    Not always reliable
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    Outdated UI
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    Birthday notifications are annoying
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    The worst indicator noises of any app ever
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    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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Duo logo

Duo

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A next-generation package manager for the front end
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PROS OF DUO
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    Lean and efficient
CONS OF DUO
    Be the first to leave a con

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    Zoom logo

    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
    • 8
      Easy to share meeting links/invites
    • 7
      Good Sound Quality
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      Cloud recordings for meetings
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      Great mobile app
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      Recording Feature
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      Virtual backgrounds
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      Other people use it
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      User Friendly actions
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      Different options for blocking chat
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      Auto reconnecting
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      Chrome extension is great to easily create meetings
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      While sharing screen, you can still see your video
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      Mute all participants at once
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      When ending the videocall, everybody gets kicked
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      Reactions (emoticons)
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      Easily share video with audio
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      /zoom on Slack
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      Registration form
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      Meant for business and education
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      Zoom
    CONS OF ZOOM
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      Limited time if you are a basic member
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      Limited Storage
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      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
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      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
    • 3
      Not many emojis
    • 3
      Past chat history is not saved
    • 3
      Recording Feature
    • 3
      En In reality,the chat in the meet not is excelent,noo
    • 3
      Zoom lags a lot

    related Zoom 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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    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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    Google Meet logo

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

    related Google Meet posts

    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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    WhatsApp logo

    WhatsApp

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    A freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service
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    PROS OF WHATSAPP
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      Free
    • 2
      Easy to carry on with contact
    CONS OF WHATSAPP
    • 0
      Maximum to 8 person video call

    related WhatsApp posts

    Slack logo

    Slack

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    PROS OF SLACK
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      Easy to integrate with
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      Excellent interface on multiple platforms
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      Free
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      Mobile friendly
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      People really enjoy using it
    • 330
      Great integrations
    • 315
      Flexible notification preferences
    • 197
      Unlimited users
    • 184
      Strong search and data archiving
    • 155
      Multi domain switching support
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      Easy to use
    • 40
      Beautiful
    • 27
      Hubot support
    • 22
      Unread/read control
    • 21
      Slackbot
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      Permalink for each messages
    • 17
      Text snippet with highlighting
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      Quote message easily
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      Per-room notification
    • 13
      Awesome integration support
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      IRC gateway
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      Star for each message / attached files
    • 11
      Good communication within a team
    • 11
      Dropbox Integration
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      Jira Integration
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      Slick, search is great
    • 9
      New Relic Integration
    • 8
      Asana Integration
    • 8
      Great communication tool
    • 8
      Combine All Services Quickly
    • 7
      XMPP gateway
    • 7
      Awesomeness
    • 7
      This tool understands developers
    • 7
      Google Drive Integration
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      Replaces email
    • 6
      Twitter Integration
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      BitBucket integration
    • 6
      Google Docs Integration
    • 5
      GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
    • 5
      Jenkins Integration
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      Guest and Restricted user control
    • 4
      Gathers all my communications in one place
    • 4
      GitHub integration
    • 4
      Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
    • 4
      Mention list view
    • 3
      Easy to start working with
    • 3
      Visual Studio Integration
    • 3
      Perfect implementation of chat + integrations
    • 3
      Easy
    • 3
      Easy to add a reaction
    • 3
      Clean UI
    • 3
      Timely while non intrusive
    • 3
      Great on-boarding
    • 3
      Threaded chat
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      Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
    • 2
      Simplicity
    • 2
      Great interface
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      So much better than email
    • 2
      Great Channel Customization
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      Message Actions
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      Eases collaboration for geographically dispersed teams
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      It's basically an improved (although closed) IRC
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      Android app
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      Great API
    • 1
      Very customizable
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      API
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      Easy remote communication
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      Get less busy
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      Targetprocess integration
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      Better User Experience
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      Finally with terrible "threading"—I miss Flowdock
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      Archive Importing
    • 1
      Great Support Team
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      Complete with plenty of Electron BLOAT
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      Markdown
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      Multi work-space support
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      Flexible and Accessible
    • 1
      Travis CI integration
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      It's the coolest IM ever
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      I was 666 star :D
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      Community
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      Dev communication Made Easy
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      Integrates with just about everything
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      Easy to useL
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      Platforms
    CONS OF SLACK
    • 12
      Can be distracting depending on how you use it
    • 6
      Requires some management for large teams
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      Limit messages history
    • 4
      Too expensive
    • 4
      You don't really own your messages
    • 3
      Too many notifications by default

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    Lucas Litton
    Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 24 upvotes · 121.9K views

    Sentry has been essential to our development approach. Nobody likes errors or apps that crash. We use Sentry heavily during Node.js and React development. Our developers are able to see error reports, crashes, user's browsers, and more, all in one place. Sentry also seamlessly integrates with Asana, Slack, and GitHub.

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    Yonas Beshawred

    Using Screenhero via Slack was getting to be pretty horrible. Video and sound quality was often times pretty bad and worst of all the service just wasn't reliable. We all had high hopes when the acquisition went through but ultimately, the product just didn't live up to expectations. We ended up trying Zoom after I had heard about it from some friends at other companies. We noticed the video/sound quality was better, and more importantly it was super reliable. The Slack integration was awesome (just type /zoom and it starts a call)

    You can schedule recurring calls which is helpful. There's a G Suite (Google Calendar) integration which lets you add a Zoom call (w/dial in info + link to web/mobile) with the click of a button.

    Meeting recordings (video and audio) are really nice, you get recordings stored in the cloud on the higher tier plans. One of our engineers, Jerome, actually built a cool little Slack integration using the Slack API and Zoom API so that every time a recording is processed, a link gets posted to the "event-recordings" channel. The iOS app is great too!

    #WebAndVideoConferencing #videochat

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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
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      Unlimited Users
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      Unlimited Channels
    • 52
      Easy to use
    • 48
      Voice Chat
    • 48
      Fast and easy set-ups and connections
    • 44
      Clean UI
    • 42
      Mobile Friendly
    • 40
      Free
    • 32
      Android App
    • 27
      Mention system
    • 27
      Customizable notifications on per channel basis
    • 26
      Customizable ranks/permissions
    • 22
      Good code embedding
    • 22
      IOS app
    • 20
      Vast Webhook Support
    • 17
      Dark mode
    • 15
      Roles
    • 15
      Easy context switching between work and home
    • 13
      Great Customer Support
    • 13
      Bot control
    • 13
      Easy to develop for
    • 13
      Great Communities
    • 13
      Very Resource Friendly
    • 12
      Video call meeting
    • 12
      Video Call Conference
    • 12
      Robust
    • 11
      Sharing screen layer
    • 11
      Able to hold 99 people in one call
    • 10
      Easy Server Setup and joining system
    • 10
      Cool
    • 10
      Shares screen with other member
    • 10
      Great browser experience
    • 9
      Easy
    • 8
      Lower bandwidth requirements than competitors
    • 8
      Better than Zoom
    • 8
      Easy to code bots for
    • 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
    • 3
      Easily set up custom emoji
    CONS OF DISCORD
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      For gamers
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      Not as many integrations as Slack
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      Limited file size
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      For everyone
    • 4
      Discord is great, what are you talking about?
    • 3
      Sends data to US Gov
    • 2
      Are u mad u ever heard of DMs???
    • 1
      Suspected Pedophiles in few servers
    • 1
      What i mean by this is someone said u cant chat lol
    • 1
      Undescriptive in global ban reasons
    • 1
      Unsupportive Support
    • 0
      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 · 360.5K 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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