Cloud Based Video Conferencing Services Review

February 15th, 2013: 
Web Based video conferencing is transforming the way businesses and executives are communicating everyday! Skype and Google has both come forward with Free Solutions for multiple-participant video conferencing. Other companies like Vidtel and Bluejeans have made it possible to use cloud based services to call traditionally impossible places such as Cisco and Tandberg SIP/H.232 end-points! Gartner estimates that by 2015, there will be 200,000,000 desktop endpoints – a 1000-fold increase in just 4 years – and this prediction doesn’t take into account tablet and smartphone form factors.
So what does this mean for the 21st Century business? High Definition, highly secure and highly advanced video conferencing solutions are only the fraction of the cost they were 5-10 years ago!
What makes a successful video conferencing room? Check out Haverford Systems Web Based Conference Room Standards!
To help our customers and future clients find the right service I have created the following review checklist for the most popular services available today.
-Paul Richards 
SkypeScopia by RadVision
Maximum Participants  for Group Calls1028
Operating SystemsMAC / PC / iPad / AndroidMAC / PC / iPad / Android
Screen SharingYes Yes
Application SharingNoYes
EncryptionSecure 128 bit SRTP Encryption
Mobile AppsiPhone / Android / iPadiPhone / Android / iPad
Connection PointsPC BasedPC Based
Meeting Video RecordingNoNo
Audio Dial-inSeparate CallYes
MS Outlook IntegrationNoYes
RecordingNoOptional Scopia Content Center
Unique FeaturesSuper Easy to UseUniversal Connectivity
PricingFreeCustom Quotes Available
GoToMeetingAdobe Connect
Maximum Participants  for Group Calls25unlimited
Operating SystemsMAC / PC / iPad / AndroidMAC / PC / iPad / Android
Shared DesktopYesYes
EncryptionYesYes
Mobile AppsiPhone / Android / iPadiPhone / Android / iPad
Connection PointsPC BasedPC Based
Meeting Video RecordingYesYes / Record and Publish
On-Demand PlaybackNoYes
MS Outlook IntegrationYesN/A
Unique FeaturesMobile-to-Mobile Meeings, 
Audio Dial-inYesYes
Pricing$500-5000/Year$1000-10,000/Year
VidTelJabber
Maximum Participants  for Group CallsLimited by services choosenScalable
Operating SystemsMAC / PC / iPad / AndroidWindows XP or 7 
Shared DesktopDepending on ServiceYes
EncryptionYesYes
Mobile AppsiPhone / Android / iPadYes
Connection PointsPC or Codec PC Based
Meeting Video RecordingBased on Service UsedNo
On-Demand PlaybackNoNo
Unique FeaturesCall any Device Pay Per MinuteInstant Message Style Video
Pricing$.25/Minute for HDFree 30 Day Trial
Cicsco WebExMS Lync
Maximum Participants  for Group Calls1000Depends on Service
Operating SystemsMAC / PC / iPad / AndroidPC / iPad / iPhone / Android
Screen SharingYesYes
Application SharingYesYes
EncryptionYesYes
Mobile AppsiPhone / Android / iPadiPhone / Android / iPad
Connection PointsPC BasedPC Based
Meeting Video RecordingNoNo
Audio Dial-inYesYes
MS Outlook IntegrationYesIntegration with MicroSoft (SharePoint, OneNote)
RecordingYesYes
Unique FeaturesSupported by Cisco Cloud$2-10/user per month
PricingFree-$50/Month
Vidyo
Maximum Participants  for Group CallsScalable
Operating SystemsMAC / PC / iPad / Android
Shared DesktopYes
EncryptionYes
Mobile AppsYes
Connection PointsPC Based
Meeting Video RecordingAdditional Hardware Required
On-Demand PlaybackNo
Unique FeaturesCentralized Control
PricingUpfront Hardware Cost