The Top 6 Web Conferencing Apps for the iPad

Use your iPad to Meet Anywhere

On an iPad you can host or attend a meeting from just about anywhere in the world. To help you get away from your office desk, here are the top apps for the iPad that enable web and video conferencing.

It’s so important that people planning an online meeting consider all of their needs before settling on a tool. With so many options in the market, it may be difficult to go through every single product available; this is why I’ve chosen the best five tools that you should check out. Always remember that if you’re in doubt between a few programs, you can and should ask for a free trial.

Fuze Meeting is great for video conferencing from anywhere. Users can present just about any content in high resolution. It supports PDFs, movies, images, and many other file types and transmits them to all web conference attendees flawlessly. Video conference hosts can control all aspects of the meeting right from their iPad - it’s possible to start or schedule a meeting, mute and manage presenter rights for all on the meeting. Hosts can also zoom and pan meeting content, so they can easily highlight the parts of their presentation they are speaking about. Hosts can also dial their attendees into the meeting directly from the iPad, which makes starting a meeting quick and easy.
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What I like about it is that Skype for iPad lets users speak to each other for free, much like its desktop service. Although it doesn't look like it has been designed with business use specifically in mind, this app is reliable and very easy to use. The Skype app supports video, which is great for those who prefer more face-to-face contact. More »

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iMeet is another meeting app that doesn't require any training or extra equipment. Features include high-quality video conferencing and Dolby Voice® quality audio. The app allows you to collaborate with  team members remotely and share files and video to all guests. More »

Google Hangouts
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Many iPad users use Hangouts to communicate. You have the option to message friends, engage in free video or voice calls, and conduct an individual conversation or one with a group.

Google Hangout lets people video call other people signed up for the service (in this case, Google+), regardless of their location. Users can actually video conference with up to 10 people (who must also be on Google+) for free. More »

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Cisco offers unified communications that allow for voice and video transmitted via data networks. This reduces costs and streamlines operations.  A favorite of iPad users, this conferencing tool is known for its global conferencing cloud that synchronizes voice, video, and data. WebEx allows users to use mobile apps, which are good for professionals who travel frequently or are always on the go. WebEx also provides a collaborative meeting room that allows groups to have a permanent, personal space with a unique address. More »

Another highly rated web conferencing tool is Join Me, which offers a speedy start for meetings because there are no viewer downloads.

The website guarantees "secure online meetings and easy management."

Another appealing tool is the promise of unlimited conference calling  with "no hidden fees." Other highly rated features include annotation, recording, and unified audio. More »

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