Being able to clearly communicate with your team via video conferencing over long distances and without too much interference can be the difference between success and greatness. While web conferencing has definitely changed the way modern companies operate, it doesn't come without its challenges. For example, companies that insist on using proprietary software need to invest in special equipment, which is required in order to utilize the advantages that web conferencing has to offer. And it still doesn't mean they won't run into several issues along the way. Alternatively, a lot of companies and institutions are implementing a browser-based solution for their online meetings.
Here are some of the advantages associated with browser based solutions.
1. They Are Versatile
With proprietary software, it is crucial that everyone involved with the video conference adhere to certain hardware requirements. When a colleague doesn't have the right hardware with them, they can't be part of the web conference. So if you have team colleagues who use macOS, Windows, and Linux distributions, you’ll have a hard time getting connected using proprietary software.
This is not a problem if you go with a browser based solution and that's because they are created to adapt to any system and device. The operating system will not limit you and you’ll be able to carry on with your meetings by sitting down at your desk, rather than having IT set up the conference room.
2. No Downloads Or Installations
There are two main reasons why not having to download and install browser based solutions are great. First, there is no risk of downloading corrupt or dangerous files. Second, there are no complexities or difficulties with installing any type of software. Compare this to proprietary based solutions where even those who are familiar with difficult installations run the risk of now knowing how the software might react with your hardware in your environment.
Not having to download and install software simply makes it more convenient for everyone, because the simplicity of joining the conference can be compared to connecting by clicking on a link in your email. All of the video and web conferencing software is already established and waiting for you to start utilizing it.
3. No Hardware Limitations
To add to the convenience of not having to download or install software, a browser based solution opens up even more possibilities in terms of the devices that can be used. More specifically, team members can join the online meeting from any capable device they can find, as long as it serves the minimum requirements for web conferencing. In the case of using MegaMeeting, we simply require a computer or tablet with a webcam and mic, and a good internet connection.
4. No Firewall Issues
Firewalls are both a blessing and a curse when it comes to online meetings. For instance, they protect your information from hackers. But they can also regard legitimate software as dangerous and block the software from working, which is what usually happens with the proprietary options.
Luckily, this is not the case with the browser based video and web conferencing solutions. Your firewall won't interfere or try to stop it, leaving you to get business done and make every second count.
When it comes down to it, the advantages of using browser based solutions for web conferencing just makes more sense than opting for proprietary and expensive software.