Sure, there’s Skype and FaceTime and plenty of apps that connect employees to meetings online. But when was the last time you saw someone else use their iPhone, or Mac, or Windows PC to place a video call? Despite the fact that nearly every smart phone and personal computer has a camera, we humans are somewhat shy about face to face, literally, calls.
Online meetings are just beginning to take off and Fuze is one reason why.
What’s Your Online Meeting Face?
My dear and significant other seems to think people don’t really want to FaceTime or Skype as much as place calls because appearance is important. Perhaps too important.
Registered Fuze users can setup online meetings and video conferencing from Mac, iPhone, iPad (and other devices.
That includes options for audio and video conferencing, HD video streams, PowerPoint and Keynote show and tell, plus sharing and upload of documents, files, movies, PDFs, and more.
Sounds great, right? This is exactly the kind of thing that businesses need and use, hence the growing number of Fuze-like apps and services that do more than FaceTime or Skype.
The Fuze app interface is almost simplistic. And, if your Mac has enough horsepower and your internet connection is fast, multiple video streams actually work.
Our company has just started using Fuze for management and some remote onsite conferencing where face-to-face and screen sharing help solve problems.
Online chats have become the de facto way to handle customer service issues with websites and services, so I expect to see more video calls and screensharing as long as the services are affordable and the applications simple to use.
Fuze actually works well without registering or engaging in the monthly paid subscription services, which, on a per head basis are modestly priced. But if you want HD video, cloud content sharing and storage, webinar mode then the price jumps up substantially.
VoIP is included in each plan, with nominal toll rates for audio calls.
The real value for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users is the seamless connectivity with each app. Mobile apps use Transport Layer Security to encrypt sessions between users. Each meeting online gets a randomly generated URL to thwart hacker attempts.
Using the app on the Mac or iOS devices makes setting up, managing, and attending an online audio or video conference almost fun. Almost. The aforementioned Mac with more horsepower, RAM, and a fast internet connection are requirements.