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1Finding the Right Web Conferencing Solution

WebEx Acquired by Cisco in March 2007, WebEx is arguably the biggest fish in the web conferencing sea. Available via browsers and a variety of mobile devices (including Cisco’s Cius, naturally), WebEx provides voice, video and desktop sharing features that are free to use by guests. Pricing for hosts starts at $19 per month.

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GoToMeeting A division of Citrix Systems, GoToMeeting was launched in 2004 and provides voice, video and document sharing and collaboration features. It supports major browsers. Pricing is $49 per month for the host.

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Microsoft Lync Online Lync ties IM, voice, video and online presentations into one package. It’s a part of Microsoft Office 365 cloud service. Pricing for Office 365 starts at $6 per month per user for individual and small business plans, and $10 per month per user for enterprise plans.

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Fuze Meeting FuzeBox’s Fuze Meeting is a browser, OS and device-agnostic conferencing system that is compatible with Android, IOS and BlackBerry devices. Audio conferencing is done by phone and many features are only available in the high-end plans. Pricing starts at $29 per month.

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HearMe Developed for small businesses, HearMe offers voice, video and desktop sharing features. Pricing is based on the number of participants allowed in a meeting room and starts at $29 per month for a five-person room.

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Yugma As long as your needs are minimal, Yugma can be used for free (up to three people in a meeting, one-hour meeting limit), but collaboration, audio and other more advanced features are going to incur fees. Pricing starts at $9.95 per month.

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Zoho Meeting Zoho is a Google Docs alternative, and its Zoho Meeting service provides audio, collaboration and desktop sharing capabilities. One-on-one meetings are free of charge. For larger meetings, pricing starts at $12 per month.

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AnyMeeting One of the few entirely free web conferencing platforms is AnyMeeting. It provides audio, video (not videoconferencing, though) and desktop sharing features, and its meeting size caps out at 200 participants.