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Google Hangouts

4.4
(357 reviews)

Host virtual meetings. Increase your team's productivity with meetings that hold up to 10 people and powerful tools like screen sharing and Google Docs.

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Google Hangouts Features

Basics

Audio Calls

Meetings facilitate high quality audio communication, both one-on-one and between larger groups.

88%
(Based on 150 reviews)

Video Conferencing

Meetings fascilitate high quality video conferencing, both one-on-one and between larger groups.

89%
(Based on 159 reviews)

Scheduling

Scheduling web meetings is streamlined, intuitive, and integrated into calendar and email software.

86%
(Based on 121 reviews)

Meeting Initiation and Joining

Starting and joining conferences is streamlined.

88%
(Based on 154 reviews)

Muting

Grant participants the ability to address the meeting and retract when desired.

91%
(Based on 151 reviews)

Recording

Conferences can be recorded for future use.

79%
(Based on 90 reviews)

Screenshare

Able to share your desktop screen or an application with the rest of the conference.

86%
(Based on 137 reviews)

Follow-Up and Breakout Meetings

Can easily initiate meetings with select participants from the main conference interface.

82%
(Based on 89 reviews)

Application Tools

File Sharing

Allows users to send and open various file types.

91%
(Based on 24 reviews)

Notifications

Notifies users when they have been contacted or tagged.

93%
(Based on 28 reviews)

Search

Message content search capability.

93%
(Based on 20 reviews)

Content

Slideshow

Persenters can cue up a Powerpoint presentation or other slideshow for display in the conference.

83%
(Based on 83 reviews)

Rich Media

Presenters can embed high quality images or video into the presentation.

81%
(Based on 86 reviews)

Annotation

Presenters or users can annotate a whiteboard or the presentation.

80%
(Based on 64 reviews)

Communication Tools

Audio Conferencing

Allows users to communicate via audio call.

93%
(Based on 22 reviews)

Video Conferencing

Allows users to communicate via video call.

92%
(Based on 22 reviews)

Interaction

Chat

Conferences have a text chat feature, both private and public.

94%
(Based on 158 reviews)

Polling

Presenters can poll the audience with a survey or let them respond with an electronic hand raise.

83%
(Based on 63 reviews)

Q&A

Participants can submit questions which presenters can answer privately or publicly.

83%
(Based on 72 reviews)

File Share

Allows users to share individual files/folders with users in the conference.

87%
(Based on 125 reviews)

Software Offerings

Mobile Application

Software can be accessed through a downloadable mobile application.

93%
(Based on 24 reviews)

Web Application

Software can be accessed through a downloadable desktop app or a cloud-based site.

98%
(Based on 26 reviews)

Integrations

Application integrates with other outside software.

93%
(Based on 22 reviews)

Platform

Mobile

Offers a mobile app or mobile optimized website to video conference from smartphones or tablets.

92%
(Based on 136 reviews)

Performance and Reliability

Software is consistently available (uptime), with high audio/video quality and without dropping calls.

89%
(Based on 157 reviews)

Bandwidth Usage

Software optimized to perform well without taking up an exorbitant amount of bandwidth.

83%
(Based on 145 reviews)

Participant Permissions

The ability to grant users access to conferences as moderators, presenters or participants--individually or based on user role or group.

84%
(Based on 120 reviews)

Security

User authentication and security measures like confidential attendee lists keep conferences private and secure.

87%
(Based on 129 reviews)

Enterprise Scalability

Provides features to allow scaling for large organizations.

87%
(Based on 116 reviews)