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.

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

8 Comments

  1. Bill Jacobs

    Thank you for the great work you do. I find myself using your “stuff” and reading the posts quite often. Today, I will download ooVoo.

  2. HeretikSaint

    Almost a year ago, I moved out of state which meant moving away from most of my family and friends. I had never dealt with video chatting before so when trying to connect with my brother and sister, we tried Skype as it was the one I knew a lot of people used. We quickly found out that it was clunky and it wanted money if we were to video chat with more that one person at a time. So the next logical thing was to try Google’s hangout and this was by far the easier way to video chat. Multiple people can be in the video chat at once, it didn’t require a client to install (although it does require a plugin install) so it’s used in the browser, it was a whole lot simpler to connect than Skype (in my opinion), and it had a whole lot of extra features as well (some of which Skype does have). Another great feature that the Hangout has, is the ability to call someone on a phone while video chatting in a Hangout. So if I’m video chatting with my mother and she wants to discuss something with my brother but he’s not at home, we can call his phone and have him enter the hangout from his phone (no video, just voice). I don’t know if Skype does that, but it is a nice feature to have for a service I already enjoy using.

  3. ErnieK

    I have not trusted either the government [here in UK] nor in USA for a long time. They [along
    with others] use terrorism as an excuse. The fact that I am sitting here in the UK and that everything I do on-line or phone [both land-line and mobile] is monitored by both the UK and an outside [non UK] agency is in itself an act of terrorism.

    “ANYONE” who deliberately snoops on another country is guilty of spying. Will any country openly accuse the USA of this? No.

    Over the past year there has been multiple instances where this [so called] search for terrorist activity has failed. The USA [as has the UK] has been caught out over this but just how many countries also have their own equivalent of this type of program?

    No matter what we [the public] think this will continue and become even more invasive. I take my hat of to Snowden over his decision to go public with this. On the radio a short while ago it was announced that he is to face criminal charges. Are the various governments [the prime minister and president
    for example, as they are ultimately responsible for the actions of their government departments] also going to be charged with criminal behaviour? I think not.

    China is accused of using the internet to spy on other countries. Is this not the exact same as the USA & the UK [as well as others] doing? I think this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

    It is my opinion that this will be the last straw and over the next couple of years more and more companies will relocate outside of the USA because of this.

  4. ErnieK

    OOPs the wrong item. have now moved from here to correct [prism] topic. Anand could you delete my post [above]
    Thanks

    Ernie

  5. Aliasgar Babat

    Another very good alternative is: RHUB web conferencing server http://www.rhubcom.com. It provides 15 way HD video conferencing.

  6. john williamson

    borrrrrrrrrrrring did not like it cause i could not download it at school or at home no use okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk lol………………………………………. P.S. sometimes it will download but wait for long time and it wont open program…

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  8. john williamson

    GET THE FUCK OFF THE SIGHT

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