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Remote Meeting Applications

This instruction guide is designed to explain the various benefits and features of each software so that you can make an informed decision as to which would be most useful and beneficial to your needs.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts:

Through this online video software, which is available as a mobile app, you are capable of chatting via messages and video calling friends and colleagues. Also, you can share and send links. You do need a Google account, whether it is a Google voice or a Google email account. You are limited with the amount of people that can be on a call (25 participants).

In order to start a chat conversation, you will log onto hangouts.google.com or go to your phone’s app. You will click on the + sign. You can type and select individuals in your contacts or by entering their phone number or email. Then, you are able to text the selected individual. 

To start a phone chat, you will click on the video call icon. From there, on your computer, you may be required to provide Google with access to your microphone and camera. Then, at the top right hand corner, there will be a plus (+) sign. You can invite others onto your call. In the call, you can share your screen as well as chat.