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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 

Zoom 

Overview 

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



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

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

Note: A maximum of 150 students 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 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. 

Considering using Zoom? Please read this important message from Information Systems & Technology (IST), first. 

Recommended use 

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

 

Features 

  • Audio conferencing 
  • Video conferencing 
  • Screen sharing 
  • 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
  • Q&A 
  • Screen sharing  
  • Live captions 
  • Downloadable video recording 

 

  • 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
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux

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.