The 3 Best Mobile Web Conferencing Services
As workforces become more mobile and businesses continue to connect with clients all over the world, it’s necessary to have a simple way to stay connected to your colleagues while away from the office. Many web conferencing software have developed apps for the most popular mobile devices to give you the ability to attend and even host meetings on the go. However, not all apps are created equal. Some only offer an audio connection, so you won’t be able to see any presentation material being displayed. For some businesses this might be enough, but if you want a mobile experience that’s comparable to accessing the meeting from a desktop, audio-only meetings are going to be a problem. The available mobile tools also vary depending on whether or not you’re accessing the conference from a smartphone or tablet, so this is also something to keep in mind when choosing a mobile web conferencing solution.
Cisco WebEx’s mobile apps are available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows devices, so no matter what type of smartphone or tablet you have, you shouldn’t have any trouble connecting to your meeting. These mobile apps give you almost the full range of collaborative tools found in the web version of the software, so it’s even possible to host a meeting while on the go. Schedule the meeting for a later date or start it right away and invite participants. You’re able to see and hear everyone, just as you would from a computer. View presentations and make annotations by drawing on the screen with your finger. In addition, hosts still have all their attendee management tools, including the ability to mute participants or remove them from the meeting. If you’re near a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can use that to connect to your meeting, but 3G or 4G works, too. Be aware that you’re using your phone’s data if you go this route.
Adobe Connect is another web conferencing service you should consider if you or your colleagues spend a lot of time out of the office. Their apps enable you to stay connected to what’s going on back at the office from any Apple, Android, or BlackBerry smartphone or tablet. Smartphones have slightly more limited capabilities than tablets, but they’re still able to start and host meetings, share camera feeds and presentations, and participate in the conversation with audio conferencing. Even more advanced features such as polls are possible from the Adobe Connect Mobile apps. Whiteboards and annotation tools are only available to those accessing the meeting from a tablet. In addition, you’re able to upload stored files directly from your tablet to the meeting space. Adobe Connect’s outstanding customization options are also available to mobile users, enabling you to select the layout that best suits your purposes and to brand the meeting room to fit with your company’s theme.
ClickMeeting’s highly rated mobile apps enable you to schedule, host, and attend meetings from any Apple, Android, or BlackBerry device. Connect via VoIP and webcam for face-to-face meetings with clients or coworkers. Not all web meeting mobile apps offer video conferencing, but it’s a nice way to add a personal touch to your meetings, so it’s definitely something to be valued. ClickMeeting also gives presenters the opportunity to share the screen of their tablet or smartphone. If you want to show the group something on a website, all you need to do is pull the page up in your mobile web browser and enable screen sharing in the ClickMeeting app. Annotation tools let you highlight the most important areas of the presentation or web page by drawing lines or shapes with your finger. You’re even able to record your entire meeting from your mobile app by clicking the Start and Stop buttons. The meeting video is then sent to your ClickMeeting account so you can view it later.