There are more and more ways to stay home and connected with all coworkers and the office to stay productive.
Working from home is not synonymous with being “disconnected from the office” years ago. There are applications that allow you to be in contact with all colleagues at work, although everyone is at home.
Skype from Microsoft It works for video chats, calls and instant messages. The application is compatible with Android and iOS, Windows, iPadOS, web browser, Alexa and Xbox.
It offers multiple subscription plans to call someone’s cell phone or landline; otherwise, it is free to use. It can handle up to 50 people in a single video call, which can be useful for business meetings. The application allows you to record calls in case someone misses a meeting and even subtitles for better accessibility.
Skype has file sharing capabilities, caller ID, voicemail, a split view mode to keep conversations separate and screen sharing on mobile.
After creating an account, you can start chatting. If you are making a call, simply open your profile and click New Chat. Then choose New group chat, New chat or New private conversation. Whichever option you choose, you’ll need to type the group member’s name in the search to find or add them. When you open a chat with another user, you can keep it in the form of instant messaging with the ability to share files and more, start a video call, or create a group.
For his part, Zoom video conferencing app works for Android, iOS, PC and Mac. It offers a free basic plan that accommodates up to 100 participants. There are also options for small and medium-sized business teams ($ 15- $ 20 a month per host) and large companies for $ 20 a month per host with a minimum of 50 hosts, reported the strategy and business site.
You can adjust meeting times and select multiple hosts. Up to 1,000 users can participate in a single Zoom video call, and 49 videos can appear on the screen at once.
The app has HD audio and video capabilities, collaboration tools like simultaneous screen sharing and coannotation, and the ability to record meetings and generate transcripts.
Outlook, Gmail and iCal support scheduling and starting meetings. In Gmail, for example, simply click on the calendar icon, then the time of your meeting, then the link under Join the Zoom meeting. If the host (or host) programmed it, there may also be call options.
If your microphone and camera are turned off, Zoom has the option to communicate via chat (the interface looks a bit like Slack). This feature can also be useful if it is a massive meeting, with many participants, and the opportunity to ask questions is available.
Signing up is free with Zoom: You can manually create an account with an email or log in with Google or Facebook.