Review: WebEx vs. GoToMeeting vs. MyTrueCloud
Cisco WebEx Meetings, Citrix GoToMeeting, and MyTrueCloud My Web Conferences compete on features, quality, client support, and cost
How to choose?
If you have plenty of time to evaluate Web conferencing software, your best bet is to try out all three options for yourself. WebEx offers a free 14-day trial of its 25-user edition, GoToMeeting offers a free 30-day trial, Podio Lite is completely free, and MyTrueCloud offers 30-day free trials for all its products.
If you'd like a shortcut to a solution, however, the answers to a few key questions will help point the way. Do you consider Web meetings isolated events, or are they part of a continuing process? For isolated events, GoToMeeting might be the first product to evaluate, as it is about the easiest of the products for new attendees. But if Web conferencing will be part of a continuing workflow, then WebEx or MyTrueCloud is likely to make you happier, as they have additional capabilities such as file storage tied to the meeting.
Are your remote interactions organized around projects? If so, Podio might be the first product you evaluate. Do you often need to play videos during Web meetings? Then WebEx should be first in line, as it can stream videos from the server instead of from the presenter's computer.
If you have users on Linux, then WebEx and MyTrueCloud might be the best options for you. If integration with Microsoft Office is high on your list or priorities, WebEx could be the place to start. Finally, if cost is your primary concern, MyTrueCloud should be the first product you evaluate, especially if you have many participants who want to call toll-free from a landline.
|Cisco WebEx Meetings||Citrix GoToMeeting||MyTrueCloud My Web Conferences|
|Pricing||Free to $89 per host per month, varying with number of people per meeting, features, support, and storage. Enterprise licenses (more than 9 hosts or more than 100 people per meeting) are quoted individually. Per-minute and per-port licenses are also available by contacting sales. See WebEx pricing plans.||GoToMeeting: $19 to $49 per organizer per month, depending on number of attendees and features. GoToWebinar (includes GoToMeeting): $99 to $499 per organizer per month, depending on number of attendees. GoToTraining (includes GoToMeeting): $149 to $349 per organizer per month, depending on number of attendees. Podio: Free (up to 5 employees, no access control) to $9 per employee per month. See GoToMeeting pricing plans.||$19 per concurrent meeting per month (10 participants, no included toll-free minutes) to $299 per 2 concurrent meetings per month (1,000 participants, 3,000 included toll-free minutes). See My Web Conferences pricing plans.|
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