Wednesday, July 26, 2023 · 7 min read

There’s More to Teleconferencing Than Zoom

Assantewa Heubi
Assantewa HeubiContent Creator
There’s More to Teleconferencing Than Zoom

The evolution of online calendar scheduling in recent years has been truly transformative. With a wealth of choices available, one option - Cal.com - stands out by being open source and highly customizable. As you opt for our product, the power to shape the experience around your unique needs rests in your hands. We are passionately committed to simplifying scheduling for our users.

Our variety of customization options demonstrates this commitment, each uniquely suited to cater to a diverse demographic. For coding enthusiasts, our product is conveniently accessible via GitHub. If you represent a large organization with specific needs yet prefer to delegate the customization process, our assortment of enterprise and platform-level plans provide the perfect solution with comprehensive customization options.

Furthermore, we cater to the needs of everyday users through our no-code customization options. You are empowered to modify your scheduling environment via various settings located in your event-level dashboard and personal account, ensuring it mirrors your preferred workflow.

Cal.com distinguishes itself as the sole calendar scheduling product equipped with an ever-expanding third-party app store. This feature greatly simplifies the process of incorporating new abilities into your account. It enables you to effortlessly integrate analytics and automations, all with a mere click, eliminating the need for any coding. One of the standout attributes of the app store is its ability to offer a plethora of choices when it comes to picking a virtual venue for your meetings. You are no longer confined to the limitations of only two or three options like Zoom or Google; you can choose from over 18 distinct alternatives.

To help you navigate this wealth of options, we've curated this guide, offering a concise overview of the various video app integrations available to you.

8x8

8x8 is a video conferencing solution that can be used to host meetings with up to 500 participants. This platform supports content sharing and collaboration and offers enterprise-grade reliability and security. You can use 8x8 to host a one-on-one call, a team meeting, or a conference. 8x8 is easy to install and can be enjoyed on its own or used with other 8x8 services such as their business phone and contact center. If you'd like to learn more about 8x8, you can check out this blog post or visit their website.

Around

Around is a video collaboration tool that's been designed for the remote-first era. It's perfect for team syncs, on-the-fly brainstorming sessions, and impactful one-on-ones. Around is a Miro Labs product, which means that it's an ideal way to gather around a Miro board and streamline the process of co-creation. Even though Around is a Miro product, you don't have to have a Miro account in order to use it. If you want to try out Around, you can sign up here for your own account.

Cal Video

CalVideo is our in-house low-latency teleconferencing platform powered by Daily.co. The product is minimalistic and lightweight, but it also has all the basic features you'll need. You can set up lobbies, share screens, and more. Users with team plans and above can access recordings of their meetings and review or download them later. In addition, since CalVideo is powered by Daily.co, there are also options for GDPR, SOC2, and HIPAA compliance. To learn more about Cal Video, please check out this blog post.

Campfire

Campfire is part teleconferencing platform, part virtual retreat. You can use their system to host team events, new hire onboarding, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and play games as a group. Campfire makes it easy to connect with people remotely without feeling separated by distance. Campfire is a great choice for any organization that wants to offer a relaxing and comfortable environment that helps foster community and communication. If you want to learn more about Campfire, you can check out their website here, or you can read the following blog post.

FaceTime

If you've heard of Apple, then you've heard of FaceTime, since it's one of the world's most popular video chat solutions. Adding FaceTime to your Cal.com account means that you don't have to choose between using our service and using Apple. This means that you can combine our flexible and robust availability and scheduling infrastructure with FaceTime's effortless and intimate communication. If you're interested in learning more, then just check out this blog post.

Google Meet

Google is more than just a search engine; it's a communication and creation platform that spans the realm of corporate and creative. Almost everyone is familiar with Google and its suite of tools, including Gmail, Google Meet, Google Docs, and Google Workspace. Installing our app for Google Meet means that you can provide potential bookers with the option of choosing Google Meet as a virtual location. This makes it easy to take advantage of Google's reliable video chat infrastructure, and it means you get to stay within an ecosystem that you know and love. If you want to learn more about or try out Google Meet, just check out our curated blog post.

Ping.gg

Ping.gg has been built with streamers and creatives in mind. This is the video conferencing solution for people who need higher quality, lower latency, and an easy way to bring their guests into OBS. As a creatively focused product, Ping.gg approaches teleconferencing with a unique set of values and priorities. The platform is built for high-end cameras and mics, offers robust security, and comes with default layouts. It's been built with broadcasting in mind. If you'd like to learn more about Ping.gg, then you can check out their website or this blog post.

Riverside.fm

Riverside.fm is more than a teleconferencing solution; it's a podcasting production platform that lives on the web. Using Riverside is an easy way to organize and collaborate around themes, ideas, and topics that matter to you and your audience. Adding Riverside as a virtual location to your Cal.com account means that you can take advantage of Cal.com's scheduling infrastructure and automated workflows to simplify the podcast creation process. This means that if anything comes up, it's easy to reschedule and rebook for another time. If you want to learn more about Riverside, then check out this blog post or visit their website.

Sirius

Sirius is a video conferencing platform that has been built with musicians and specifically music teachers in mind. This product comes with tools for managing students as well as a virtual classroom and features industry-specific features. You'll find that Sirus has been developed to ensure that the transmission quality of sound is prioritized. This means that audio is uncompressed and transmitted without filters. If you want to learn more about Sirius video, you can check out this article or you can visit their website.

Whereby

Whereby is a different type of teleconferencing solution. This product provides users with access to browser-based meetings that can be joined with a single click. You don't need an account to join a Whereby meeting, and you can use it by sharing a single link or you can embed it within your existing website. Whereby is used by organizations like Ogilvy, HubSpot, Netflix, IKEA, and more. Whereby is GDPR compliant, and they do not sell or mine your data. The team behind Whereby prioritize privacy and security, and because of this, all content transmitted through Whereby is encrypted. If you'd like to learn more about Whereby, you can check out this blog article or you can visit their website.

WhatsApp

Everyone knows WhatsApp. It's used by students, small businesses, globally distributed customer service teams, and tech-savvy grandparents. Installing our integration for WhatsApp means that you can take advantage of its brand recognition and capabilities when hosting virtual meetings. You can use WhatsApp to connect via audio, video, or text. People love WhatsApp because it lets them stay connected no matter how far apart they are, and it's comfortingly familiar. If you want to learn a little bit more about how to install WhatsApp within your Cal.com environment, you can check out the following blog post.

Cal.com’s App Store is constantly growing. This means that as time goes on, we will have more and more options available for a wide variety of video integrations. If you go and visit our App Store right now, you'll actually notice that there are a bunch of video apps that I haven't even mentioned yet. The fact is, we have over 20 apps just for conferencing and messaging combined. In addition to the products listed above, we also have apps for Discord, Zoom, WebEx, Mirotalk, Sylaps, Jitsi Video, Huddle01, Telegram, Signal, Microsoft Teams, and Tandem Video.

Regardless of your subscription tier, all of these features are readily accessible to our users. You have the flexibility to activate a single app per event or empower the booker to select their location by enabling multiple venues. With time, our App Store is set to expand and improve, yielding an even wider range of options for you to explore.

To experience firsthand our booking capabilities and the diverse range available within our App Store, simply click the link below to register for a free account today. Here's to seamless scheduling.

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