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Alternatives to WhatsApp

Telegram , Skype, Hangouts, Slack, and HipChat are the most popular alternatives and competitors to WhatsApp.
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What is WhatsApp and what are its top alternatives?

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.
WhatsApp is a tool in the Phone category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to WhatsApp

  • Telegram

    Telegram

    Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. It provides instant messaging, simple, fast, secure and synced across all your devices. ...

  • Skype

    Skype

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

  • Hangouts

    Hangouts

    It is a communication platform which includes messaging, video chat, and VOIP features. ...

  • 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. ...

  • HipChat

    HipChat

    HipChat is a hosted private chat service for your company or team. Invite colleagues to share ideas and files in persistent group chat rooms. Get your team off AIM, Google Talk, and Skype — HipChat was built for business. ...

  • Viber

    Viber

    It is a cross-platform instant messaging and voice over IP application provided as freeware for the Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS platforms. ...

  • 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. ...

  • RingCentral

    RingCentral

    Since RingCentral is cloud based, you enjoy the freedom to connect and manage multiple locations, devices and workers within your cloud phone system. You can easily customize users, departments, and call handling rules. No matter where you, or the users, are. You only need a high-speed Internet connection and your phone system is ready to work lightning fast, anytime and anyplace. There’s no PBX hardware. ...

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Telegram

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A cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service
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PROS OF TELEGRAM
  • 11
    Lightweight
  • 5
    Great bot API
  • 5
    Unlimited history
  • 5
    Free
  • 1
    Can hide phone number
  • 1
    Media editor
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    Delete without a trace
CONS OF TELEGRAM
  • 2
    Notification customisation is limited
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    Requires phone number
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    No video call

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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 :(
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    Low cost international calling
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    Good for international calls
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    Best call quality anywhere, generally
  • 5
    Beautiful emojis
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    Chat bots
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    Translator
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    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
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    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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Hangouts

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PROS OF HANGOUTS
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    Free
CONS OF HANGOUTS
    Be the first to leave a con

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    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
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      Unread/read control
    • 21
      Slackbot
    • 19
      Permalink for each messages
    • 17
      Text snippet with highlighting
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      Quote message easily
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      Per-room notification
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      Awesome integration support
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      IRC gateway
    • 12
      Star for each message / attached files
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      Good communication within a team
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      Dropbox Integration
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      Jira Integration
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      Slick, search is great
    • 9
      New Relic Integration
    • 8
      Asana Integration
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      Great communication tool
    • 8
      Combine All Services Quickly
    • 7
      XMPP gateway
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      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
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      Google Docs Integration
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      GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
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      Jenkins Integration
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      Guest and Restricted user control
    • 4
      Gathers all my communications in one place
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      GitHub integration
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      Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
    • 4
      Mention list view
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      Easy to start working with
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      Visual Studio Integration
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      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
    • 2
      Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
    • 2
      Simplicity
    • 2
      Great interface
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      So much better than email
    • 2
      Great Channel Customization
    • 2
      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
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      Very customizable
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      API
    • 1
      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
    • 1
      Multi work-space support
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      Flexible and Accessible
    • 1
      Travis CI integration
    • 1
      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
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      Can be distracting depending on how you use it
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      Requires some management for large teams
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      Limit messages history
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      Too expensive
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      You don't really own your messages
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      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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    HipChat logo

    HipChat

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    PROS OF HIPCHAT
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      Integrates well with a lot of developer tools
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      Developer-friendly
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      Clients for every major platform
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      Mobile-friendly
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      Free unlimited users
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      Extremely easy to use for non-tech guys
    • 39
      Good api integration
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      Irc-like
    • 28
      Reliable
    • 26
      Feature rich
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      Affordable at $2/user
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      Email notifications
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      Text Messages
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      More developer-friendly than Skype
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      JIRA integration
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      Integrates with Atlassian products
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      Team Chat Rooms
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      Full text search
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      Intergration with all the things
    • 1
      gitlab
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      tagia
    • 1
      salt
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      Fast
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      On-Premise deployment
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      Trello integration
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      256-bit SSL encryption to transmit your data
    CONS OF HIPCHAT
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      Purchased by and merged with Slack
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      Discontinued with the Atlassian Stack

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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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    Jack Graves
    Head of Product Development at Automation Consultants · | 2 upvotes · 189.7K views

    We use Microsoft Teams as our primary workplace collaboration tool. It enables our team to work remotely and still collaborate on projects - with integration to JIRA and Confluence, the tool enables us to create War Rooms when problems occur and also provides information-sharing capabilities. Replaced HipChat.

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    Viber logo

    Viber

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    Free and secure calls and messages
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    PROS OF VIBER
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      Free
    • 2
      Easy to use
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      Free calls and chats
    CONS OF VIBER
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      Lack of interaction with new people
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      No servers, only group chats
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      Ad supported

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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
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      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
    • 20
      Limited time if you are a basic member
    • 14
      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
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      Editing can be improved
    • 4
      Doesn't handle switching audio sources well
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      The native calendar is buggy
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      Dashboard can be improved
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      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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      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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    RingCentral logo

    RingCentral

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    Cloud business phone systems that work the way you do.
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    PROS OF RINGCENTRAL
    • 1
      Powered by Zoom
    CONS OF RINGCENTRAL
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      Video Conferencing is very buggy
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      Very Limited Use (Free)
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      Lacking in Features
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      Uses an old version of Zoom Video Conferencing

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