In our series of blogs thus far, we have touched on many of the reasons why video conferencing as a service makes more sense than such ‘free’ alternatives as Lync, Google Hangouts and Skype. Those reasons have included interoperability and cost-effectiveness, and we can also add ‘ease of use’ to that list.
After all, readers of our blogs will know of the very real practical barriers involved in using such services, including the need for every prospective participant to have an account with the given service, in addition to using the software of that service on a compatible device.
Otherwise, though, one might imagine that a ‘free’ service is simpler and easier to use than a dedicated cloud video conferencing service.
However, this isn’t borne out in reality.
Ease of use a major strength of our video conferencing service
Whichever managed video conferencing service you opt for, from the three options that we offer here at Smarter Interactive – VaaS-t, Lifesize or UCi2i – you’ll soon realise that ease of use is the entire point of such a service.
After all, for anyone to become a participant in a discussion, it won’t matter whether theirs is a Windows or Mac computer, an iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone or tablet. All of these devices are presently supported by us, and our services simply require each device to have access to the Internet, along with a camera and microphone.
Desktop users of the VaaS-t service, for instance, will only need to click on an email invite to gain entry into a video conference. They’ll be able to connect with everyone and anyone else in the conversation via a simple and intuitive interface, with information also able to be shared with participants simply by clicking a mouse.
Our service works equally well for mobile users
But a good cloud video conferencing service would make just as much sense for the rapidly increasing numbers of on-the-go users accessing the service from a mobile device. It isn’t good enough these days to offer a second-rate service to smartphone and tablet users, any more than it is acceptable to give them an inferior online shopping experience, for example.
That explains the presence of VaaS-t’s VidyoMobile app, which truly enables iOS or Android smartphone users to collaborate with others from any location, transforming their device into the complete virtual meeting place. Productive participation in a meeting is made easier by familiar gesture and layout controls, such as pinch-to-zoom and pan. All in all, the app is an excellent solution for multipoint video conferencing on WiFi, 3G and 4G wireless networks.
With cloud video conferencing services like VaaS-t, UCi2i and Lifesize, there’s no need to struggle as if one was still in the dark days of video conferencing, when special rooms needed to be booked, unfamiliar equipment used and the available time was limited. Choose our own video conferencing service here at Smarter Interactive, and ease of use will be a given.