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Best Zoom Alternatives With No 40 Minute Limit

If you’re using the free version of Zoom and aren’t a big fan of meetings to begin with, the 40-minute meeting limit could arguably be considered a feature.

But sometimes you just have to meet for longer than two-thirds of an hour, don’t you? And if you’re looking for more generous free Zoom alternatives, we’ve got a list for you.

RingCentral Video: Unlimited for 100 people, plus recording

RingCentral is probably best known for its business phone systems and also offers a dynamite-free video conferencing service called RingCentral video.

The free version is perhaps confusingly called RingCentral Video Pro, but once you see the list of features, the whole “pro” thing kind of makes sense: you can host meetings of unlimited length with up to 100 participants and get 10 hours of cloud recordings , which can be kept for seven days.

Meeting videos are recorded in HD, you can use virtual backgrounds and there are subtitles and a whole bunch of other useful features. If you’re looking for the ultimate free Zoom alternative, this is the one.

Jitsi Meet: Open source, unlimited for 100 people, no accounts required

The easiest to use free Zoom alternative on this list is also the least known: Jitsi meeting.

To get started, visit the website and instantly start a meeting with a unique URL generated for you at the top of the main page. Share the URL with up to 100 other people and, boom, you’re in.

Meetings are end-to-end encrypted, video is HD quality, you can remotely control others’ desktops, and there are integrations with Google, Microsoft, and Slack.

Microsoft Teams’ Together mode

Microsoft Teams: 60 minutes for up to 100 people, plus chat and storage

If you have a small business and want to do something more than just hold meetings, this is the free version of Microsoft Teams is a must.

Yes, video meetings are limited to just an hour and you can’t record them, but you get a fairly full-featured collaboration suite alongside, allowing you to instant message members of your team, store and share up to 5GB of files per person and access to web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

And if you haven’t used Teams’ excellent Together mode, you haven’t lived.

Google Meet: 60 minutes for up to 100 people, path of least resistance

Chances are everyone on your team has a Google account. If that’s the case, the free version of google meet are all connected in no time.

You can also invite external attendees in case someone doesn’t have a Google account, so that’s a plus. The video quality is excellent, as are the tablet and mobile apps, and you get screen sharing and live captions — but no recording on the free version.

And while group meetings can only last up to an hour, if you’re a true micromanager, you can have unlimited one-on-one meetings (shudder). To be fair, Zoom’s free version also supports 30-hour one-on-one calls — that’s still about 29 hours too long if you ask me.

Webex: 50 minutes for up to 100 people, breakout rooms, polls and whiteboarding

That free version of Webex You might not have much more time than Zoom, but it’s a venerable, solid platform that lots of people access (who hasn’t attended a Webex webinar?) and offers some nice freebies.

You don’t get cloud recordings, but you do get screen sharing, breakout rooms, polls, and whiteboards, making Webex a good option for brainstorming sessions.

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