Are you looking for an application to make video calls at work or in school? Very different options have appeared in recent months and you may be wondering which one is best for your situation and needs. In other posts, we have already talked about the differences between Google Meet and Skype . Today it's time to analyze Google Meet and Zoom to see which is better.
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What is GoogleMeet?
Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet ) is Google 's video conferencing application. This tool is part of the collaborative environment Google Workspace ( formerly G Suite ), which has applications such as Drive, Docs, Slides, Gmail and Calendar. This application and its entire environment is created to improve collaboration between teams from anywhere and based on the cloud. In addition, Google Meet also has Hangouts Meet video call devices, specialized hardware for making video calls in company rooms.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a service dedicated exclusively to video conferencing , which during 2020 has also become relevant in the professional field. It is also cloud-based and has both the software and the specific hardware for business video calls.
Google Meet vs. Zoom
Although both applications are very similar in terms of the objective (make video calls) and the method (cloud-based), they have significant differences that can make you change your mind when choosing one or the other.
The main difference between both apps is the level of collaboration they offer. As already mentioned, while Zoom is an application created specifically for making video calls , Google Meet is part of a collaborative environment called Google Workspace . This means that by contracting Workspace, you will be able to make video calls with Meet , and also benefit from the entire environment that accompanies it. This can be very interesting, in the event that your company wants to improve efficiency and communication between teams, since Workspace offers all the necessary applications for day-to-day work (Drive, Gmail, Calendar...) highly integrated with each other.
On the other hand, if you contract Zoom, this will be limited specifically to making video calls.
Both applications stand out for being very easy to use. Both navigation menus are very clear and clean, so they can be used by anyone even if they haven't used them before. However, it is true that the option of being able to open the video call directly from the browser (without having to install anything), makes Google Meet simpler than Zoom . As for creating these calls, it's also very easy on both. Click on the link if you want to know how to create a meeting in Google Meet .
One of the things that makes Google Meet stand out the most from Zoom is the high security standards . As you already know, Google is known as one of the most difficult environments to hack and Workspace (G Suite) has multiple options from its Administrator Panel ( Google Admin ) to control any access and use of tools from the organization. In addition, specifically, Google Meet generates its URLs for video calls randomly and through invitation in Gmail. In this way, video calls are even more secure. So if your company is concerned about its security while teleworking , Google Meet will be the best option.
4. Access from the browser
Both applications allow access from the browser. However, to be able to do it with Zoom you will have to install an extension , which can hinder access to the meeting in the event that the user does not have it installed yet. On the other hand, with Google Meet you will only need someone to send the invitation to all emails (even if they do not use Google) and when they receive the link they can quickly access the video call.
5. Screen recording
The possibility of recording screens can be very interesting both for business webinars and for conducting online classes . Although both apps allow this option, since G Suite has been renamed Workspace, this option is only available on Business Standard, Business Plus, and Enterprise plans. In this way, while with Zoom you can easily record it, with Google Meet you will have to have the right plan to be able to do it. If you need more information about Google Workspace plans we can help you: contact us here .
Lastly, there is the option to change the background that appears in your recording. This can be very useful if you are teleworking and do not want others to see the environment in which you are. If you've used Google Meet before, you might think that this option doesn't come included with the app. However, changing the wallpapers is one of the options that Google has recently introduced . Therefore, with Google Meet and Zoom you will be able to do it.
Google Meet vs Zoom, which one do I prefer?
In conclusion, although both applications are very similar, your choice will depend on the needs of your company. If you only need one application to make video calls, both options can be good and you will only have to decide based on certain criteria (the easiest application to use or the one that allows you to record video calls more easily, for example).
However, if you are clear that you need an entire environment that improves communication and efficiency and that is also safe , our recommendation is that you use Google Meet . If you still have doubts or, on the contrary, you already have it clear and want to contract it, you can contact us . As a Google Premier Partner we can advise, guide and train you to make better use of all the tools.