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Not sure which conferencing tool to use for online meetings or calls? 

Use the table below to choose a tool based on your needs: 

Care must be exercised to manage and protect privacy during meetings held remotely. Whether you are the host or a participant, take note of these tips for enhancing confidentiality: 


Microsoft Teams

Recommended tool for meetings, chats, internal phone calls


WebEx

Recommended tool for online teaching and learning


Bongo virtual classrooms

Recommended tool for online teaching and learning

Microsoft Teams Live Events* 

Microsoft Stream 

Skype for Business 

Overview 

A platform that provides a shared workspace to chat, share/edit files, andhostvideo/audio meetings.

The maximum number of users depends on the feature you're using. See Microsoft's guide on Teams limits for more information.




A live presentation and collaboration tool that shares audio, video, and presentations in a virtual class or meeting room. 

A maximum of 1000 users can attend a WebEx meeting.

A virtual meeting space allowing you to engage with students (individually or in groups). 

A maximum of 150 users can be invited to a virtual meeting and only 7 webcams can be active at a time.

An extension of the meetings function in Microsoft Teams that allows you to live stream content to large audiences. 
 
*Live events will only be available by request for special events.  

A maximum of 10000 users can attend a Teams Live Event.

A video sharing service for uploading, organizing, and sharing content across the organization.  

With Stream enabled, you can record any Teams meeting or call to capture audio, video and screen sharing activity and save it to Microsoft Stream.

An enterprise communication platform which includes IM, audio, video, screen sharing, and meeting capabilities.

A maximum of 300 users can be added to a Skype for Business online meeting. 


Recommended use 

By default, recorded Teams meetings can be edited and downloaded by all Team members. To restrict access, update the video permissions in Microsoft Stream and select the ‘Owner’ checkbox next to your Team name. Read our how-to article on how to restrict video permissions in Microsoft Stream.

  • Recording training sessions 
  • Video meetings 
  • Group audio calls 
  • Online teaching 
  • Graduate thesis defense
  • Online classrooms
  • Meetings
  • Webinars
  • Team collaboration space for teaching and learning
  • Online teaching
  • Recording training sessions 
  • Event broadcasting 
  • Meetings
  • Presentations
  • Training sessions  
  • Video meetings 
  • Group audio calls 

Features 

  • Audio conferencing 
  • Video conferencing 
  • Screen sharing 
  • All Teams users have access to set up a Teams meeting

All meeting attendees can share audio/video.


  • Q&A 
  • Screen sharing 
  • Polling 
  • Participant chat 
  • Virtual meeting rooms with optional recordings 
  • Telephone call ins
  • Lobby room
  • Transcription
  • Breakout rooms
  • Video streaming to YouTube, Facebook etc.
  • Q&A
  • Breakout rooms
  • Polling
  • Attendance log
  • Chat
  • Upload files and presentations
  • Annotations

Only live event producers/presenters are able to share audio/video to prevent audience interruption.

 

  • Organize videos by channel 
  • Can be integrated with other O365 apps 
  • Audio conferencing  
  • Video conferencing 
  • Screen sharing 
Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • iOS
  • Android
Accessed via LEARN
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
Accessed via web browser
  • Windows
  • Mac

Resources 

See the Microsoft Teams knowledge base articles 

See the WebEx knowledge base articles

See the Keep Learning page on Bongo

View the Teams Live Event recording info/Q&A sessions  

Visit the Stream Service page and Stream FAQ's 

See the Skype for Business knowledge base articles 

Need Help?

Contact the IST Service Desk at helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or 519-888-4567 ext. 44357.