Free 1to1 chatrooms
Here are the best apps to make a video call whenever you want, including the brand new Amazon Chime and our team's long-time favorites: Zoom, Appear.in, and the new Hangouts Meet.
Tip: For co-located teams with several offices, dedicated video conferencing devices for full-room meetings might be a better option.
Today, Slack is one of the most popular team chat apps, and it's taken chats beyond just text and images.
Price: Free for unlimited calls with up to 8 people; /month per room Premium edition for 12 people per call, screensharing alongside video, and custom branding (currently in beta) Tip: works in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, so you can't make calls from Safari right now. As long as you and your colleague have a Mac or i OS device, you can make a quick audio or video call over your data connection.
Odds are, it'll sound great, too—even over congested airport Wi-Fi. To chat, you'll need to use i Message—and on i OS, switching apps turns off your video—and there's no way to share your screen.
Now copy the link, share it with your colleagues, and up to 7 other people can join you in the call for free.
There's a chat pane to share text and links, stickers to cover your face, and an option to share your screen if you install a browser plugin.
For smaller or fully remote teams—or for anyone who just wants to jump on a video call from anywhere—these call apps are a much better option since they work anywhere you have an internet connection.