9 Best Virtual Meeting Platforms in 2022
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9 Best Virtual Meeting Platforms in 2022

Want a virtual meeting platform that’s easy to use, secure, and gets teams working together? See this breakdown of the best online meeting solutions.

You have a talented, motivated team with clear goals but, when you hold a virtual meeting, something doesn't click.

Flat meetings happen when people start being passive – they stop paying attention and become uninterested in the discussion – or because of technical problems making it difficult to join in or follow what’s being said. The end result? You’re left speaking to yourself.

When meetings go wrong, they misuse your team’s time and can even demotivate people. What effect does that have on output? What was the point of your meeting in the first place?

To avoid these issues and to realize a team’s potential, leaders need to pull people together, harness their collective strength, and spark creativity. And to do this with a remote team, you need a fantastic virtual meeting platform.

The best solutions for remote teams support everything you do to have successful, engaging meetings – from quick event creation to automated emails, cool in-room features, and even analytics reporting.

So don’t be the only one talking in your meetings – it’s time to get everyone involved – and see our breakdown of the best virtual meeting platforms in 2022.

What to look for in a virtual meeting platform?

Before looking at the best platforms, let’s make sure we know exactly what a virtual meeting is and isn’t.

Virtual meetings vs online events and webinars

Virtual meetings are like any other in-person meeting only they take place online – so all participants have the chance to speak, present, and interact. Webinars and online events are hosted by an individual or panel for a viewing audience.

Why do you need video engagement?

No one likes a boring meeting – people stop contributing and switch off. But if you make your meetings dynamic and fun, you can start engaging your team.

With video engagement tools, everyone switches on and plays their part – which is exactly what any successful meeting needs.

Now let’s look at what you’ll see in the best virtual meeting platforms.

Key features of a virtual meeting platform

  • Easy implementation: meeting attendees may be one-time users. From the moment they receive your invite, joining and participating in your meeting needs to be fast and intuitive with no need to download and install software.
  • Recurring events: perfect for regular monthly meetings, training sessions, and demos, this feature allows you to schedule multiple sessions for the same recurring event – all team members have to do is enter the registration page and pick the session that suits them best.
  • Engagement features: if you want your meetings to be positive and collaborative, engagement features are essential (and fun!). These include media sharing, live chat, polls, digital whiteboards, and live reaction emojis.
  • Analytics: see how people found out about your event, how many registrants attended, and even who watched the meeting recording with advanced analytics.

9 best platforms for virtual meetings for 2022

The best virtual meeting platforms bring people together with the help of video engagement. Here are the best platforms for your next virtual meeting:

  • Livestorm
  • GoogleMeet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
  • GoToMeeting
  • Adobe Connect
  • BlueJeans
  • ClickMeeting

Let’s dive in and look at each one.

Livestorm

Livestorm Virtual Meetings Screenshot

As Livestorm is the first video engagement platform, we’re jumping straight to the top in our 2022 best list!

Pros

With Livestorm, it’s easy to manage your meetings before, during, and after the event.

Every time you create a Livestorm virtual meeting or event, you can generate a landing page for attendee registration and invitation emails that are sent to the participants (or you can just set up a quick meeting on the fly).

And as a browser-based, end-to-end platform, Livestorm is super-easy to use – so no worries if attendees aren’t tech-savvy, all they need is the link.

Once your meeting is underway, your team can start enjoying Livestorm’s in-room engagement features, like emoji reactions, video sharing, team whiteboards, live polls, and questions upvotes (plus breakout rooms coming soon).

These are great for all kinds of events, including all-hands meetings, employee onboarding and training, product demos, and online classes.

And as soon as your meeting’s over, Livestorm sends out automated recordings to all the people you invited (even the ones that didn’t show!), while you check out the meeting’s engagement analytics to see what you can learn for next time.

Cons

Livestorm’s engagement features really come alive for multi-person meetings rather than 1:1 virtual meetings. That doesn’t mean you can’t roll out a few emojis during your chat, though!

Use cases

Being a video engagement platform, Livestorm is incredibly versatile and adaptable to all kinds of virtual events. Livestorm can be adapted for any use case: product demos, customer training, online courses, podcast interviews, live events, live Q&As, employee onboarding, company meetings, hiring sessions, virtual sales meetings, and more!

Pricing

  • Premium (includes all features with unlimited events, moderators, and registrants): $99/month per host (billed annually).
  • Also, Livestorm includes all its features in its free plan.

Google Meet

Google Meet Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

Google Meet is part of Google Workspace and, like Livestorm, works entirely in your browser, so it’s easy to access with no apps to download.

The Google Workspace Enterprise plan offers additional features, like noise cancellation, up to 250 attendees, and attendance reports, while the Workspace Individual plan gives you up to 100 attendees with meeting recordings saved to the host’s Google Drive.

There are also additional security benefits with Google Meet, including its anti-abuse features and 2-step verification.

Cons

Google Meet isn’t developed to integrate with Microsoft, so invitations can be cumbersome to set up outside Workspace apps. Also, its engagement features, like the Jamboard (Google’s whiteboard), are relatively limited.

Pricing

  • Google Workspace Individual: $9.99/month per user
  • Workspace Enterprise: contact sales

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

Microsoft’s virtual meeting tool is integrated into its business communications platform, Microsoft Teams. Developed to work as part of that Microsoft ecosystem, it’s easy to schedule meetings through your team’s Outlook calendar and record meetings.

Additional features include virtual backgrounds, shared whiteboards, and the ability for attendees to separate as smaller groups into breakout rooms before rejoining the principal meeting room later.

Cons

Microsoft Teams is primarily a messaging app, although a powerful one. As a virtual meeting platform, though, it’s comparatively limited, you need to download the app if on mobile. Plus, if you’re not already used to Teams, it’s not very user-friendly.

Pricing

  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard: $12.50/month per user (billed annually)
  • Microsoft 365 E3: $20/month per user (billed annually)

Zoom

Zoom Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

Zoom is a high-performance virtual meeting platform with features like polls, whiteboards, breakout rooms, virtual backgrounds, Snapchat-style filters, and reports.

You can access meeting recordings in the Zoom Cloud, which in the Enterprise plan offers unlimited storage. With the Business plan, you can host up to 300 attendees, with the ability to invite more participants at an additional cost.

Cons

Zoom works well in-browser, but it performs best in-app, while its recording storage is very limited outside of the Enterprise plan, at only 1GB per license.

Pricing

  • Business: $199.90/month for 10 licenses
  • Enterprise: $999.50/month for 50 licenses

Webex

Webex Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

Webex is a user-friendly virtual meeting platform with features including screen sharing, breakout rooms, virtual backgrounds, and live polling.

A fun additional feature is the ‘real gesture’ emojis – if you do a real-life thumbs-up gesture in front of your screen, it’s picked up by the platform’s AI and converted into a reaction emoji.

Also, the platform links nicely with Apple iPad for live illustrating.

As with Livestorm, meeting recordings are emailed to attendees (but with Webex, this may take up to 24 hours).

Cons

Although Webex does work as a browser-only platform, some features are only available in-app, like emoji reactions and polling.

Another required download is Cisco Webex Productivity Tools, which is used for meeting creation when Webex is integrated with other collaboration tools.

Unlike Livestorm, users are limited to 10GB of cloud storage for meeting recordings (although this is a negotiable limit with the Enterprise plan).

Pricing

  • Business: $25/month per user
  • Enterprise: contact sales

GoToMeeting

GoTo Meeting Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

GoToMeeting’s Business plan offers up to 250 virtual meeting participants, a smart assistant for meeting transcriptions, and, like Livestorm, unlimited storage for meeting recordings.

Cons

Creating meetings in advance requires you to download the GoToMeeting Scheduler or a plug-in.

Like Webex, the in-room chat features are limited, as are the file-sharing features.

Pricing

  • Business: $19/month per user
  • Enterprise: contact sales

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

Adobe Connect can be used as an in-browser platform, with recent improvements being made to some of its engagement features, including whiteboards, media sharing, and chats.

Mainly developed for online learning in schools and universities, the platform also offers breakout rooms, brand customizations, and on-demand session recordings, which can also be edited in-app.

Cons

The screen sharing, audio, and visual quality are best when used in Adobe’s native apps, with in-browser users often experiencing some lag or connectivity issues.

Pricing

  • $50/month per host

BlueJeans

Blue Jeans Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

With BlueJeans’ Enterprise plan, you can host up to 200 attendees, take advantage of engagement features like media sharing, whiteboards, group and private chats, and meeting recordings (which are limited to 25 hours in the Pro plan).

BlueJeans works in your browser and, like Livestorm, has brand customization and a meetings analytics dashboard.

Cons

Like Adobe Connect, there’s often some lag with video and audio which can be a distraction and barrier to participant engagement.

Pricing

  • Pro: $17.49/month per host
  • Enterprise: 19.99/month per host

ClickMeeting

Click Meeting Virtual Meetings Screenshot

Pros

ClickMeeting is a simple-to-use platform with media sharing, whiteboards, private chat, polls, and real-time translation.

As with Livestorm, you can automate email invitations, reminders, and thank-yous.

Cons

The number of meeting participants is limited to only 25.

Meeting recordings are limited to up to 10 hours in the Automated plan (which on average equates to about 10GB)

Pricing

  • Automated plan: $45/month per user

Meeting software to engage and connect your team

There are fantastic online meeting software choices out there, each helping to bring you, your teams, and your communities together. But before you look at what they can offer, you first have to understand what you really need.

And what connects all hosts and attendees is the need for an easy-to-use platform that works for any use case, and manages every part of a meeting from its creation to its in-room engagement features to its replays and analytics.

This is why the first video engagement platform places so much value on your ability to express ideas, share, and collaborate – because that’s what makes for exceptional virtual meetings.

Frequently asked questions about virtual meeting platforms

Which virtual meeting platform is best?

The best virtual meeting platform is the one that most suits your needs. Some platforms operate best within a specific software ecosystem, some are end-to-end, in-browser solutions, others offer high-quality video but lack elsewhere – but only one offers all the essential features for virtual meetings as a video engagement platform.

Is there a Zoom alternative?

There are some excellent alternatives to Zoom, for example:

  • Livestorm
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Google Meet

Which free virtual meeting platform is best?

Livestorm is a highly versatile video engagement platform that caters to all use cases: virtual meetings, webinars, conferences, interviews, courses, training, and more – and you can use all its features in the free plan.

What is a virtual meeting platform?

Virtual meeting platforms are applications and software that allow people to have remote meetings online. Here are some of the best virtual meeting platforms on the market today: Livestorm, Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams.

Molly Hocutt

Molly Hocutt

Molly Hocutt has been a Content Manager at Livestom since 2019. She has more than five years of experience in SaaS content writing and B2B marketing.