Top 3 Video Communication Software for Windows

There are many video communication software in the market. So many that you may get confused over which is best suited for your needs. Skype, of course, is the one that stands out in the crowd. You can make unlimited one-to-one calls with the free account and talk as much as you want. With just $4.99 per month, you can create video conferences with 10 people at a time.

The only thing is that the person, with whom you wish to talk, should also have Skype installed on his or her computer or video-phone. But that is the case with almost all other applications.

Skype Alternatives

If you wish to look beyond Skype, for personal or business reasons, here are the top three video communication applications. The list is based on my own experience and may differ from how you may rank them. Also, I am keeping these three applications below Skype as I found Skype the best for both personal and business needs.

ooVoo

I doubt if many people know about ooVoo video communication application. Still, I place it right next to Skype as the service does not require all your called persons to install the ooVoo software. They can connect using their browser. You can set up video chats also with the maximum number of six people attending the video chat. Just decide the time in advance, send the invites and start chatting.

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Oovoo also allows desktop sharing and file transfers up to 25GB. I find it ideal for brainstorming sessions and for video conferencing. In addition to video calls, you can text your friends on ooVoo or place calls from computer to directly cellphones and landlines. If you want, you can record the phone calls.

The only negative is the high number of advertisements. But if they have to keep the service free, they need to display the ads.

Tango

Tango is good for phone to phone video calls and for phone to computer or computer to phone video calls. You can call directly, simply by entering your friend’s mobile phone number. Or you may want to invite your friend to install Tango on his or her phone by sending them an invite.

You can also search for your friends who have already installed Tango by uploading your contact list to Tango.

For phones, both parties need to have a front camera installed else it would turn out to be an audio call – or video one side and audio from other. I have not used this much but still, it provides good quality videos when used via good phones as opposed to the default software provided by many phone manufacturers.

Google Hangout

You must have heard of Google Hangout. Recently, the US president Obama and some other senators used Google Hangout to connect with public. Hangout works as part of Google Plus. When you are on Google Plus, click the button on right side of screen to launch Google Hangout.

If you are using it for the first time, Google Plus will download and install Google video chat to your computer. You can call one on one or start a video conference with one or more circles (a feature of Google Plus that resembles a group of people).

These are three – apart from Skype – video communication applications I have found interesting. Let us know which app is your favorite to place video calls via computer or cellphone.

Let me know if you have any favorites.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN