In an age where everything happens online, it’s not surprising that live chats, video conferencing, video calls and other web-based solutions would be the likely form and face of conferences in the future.
With technologies that make remote work possible, video conferencing these days now offer a new level of mobility and usability. More and more companies are integrating video calling into their communication platforms. Businesses are taking to web-based conferencing like ducks to water, according to Techradar and Business 2 Community, and here’s why.
It’s convenient for teams and management. There’s less travel involved. People can connect to their teams from anywhere, at any time.
Now, there’s no reason to miss a meeting just because of bad weather or soul-crushing traffic. Wherever you, whether you’re using a laptop or mobile device—your phone or tablet—you can connect to the same video meeting via any of these devices.
Web conferencing solutions offer a range of features that allow for multiple forms of content to be shared: whether you want to share links, videos, documents, presentations, these technologies support the easy and convenient exchange of content in your meetings.
This way, you can use video technology to enhance and improve productivity levels and collaboration efforts in your organization.
With the many cloud based solutions available, companies can now save up on a lot of expenses associated with hardware maintenance.
There’s no longer any need to lose sleep over infrastructure worries, maintenance troubles and high costs. By converting to cloud, your company can now add video to your day to day communication with little to no risk.
Choosing the Right Conferencing Tool for Your Business
Want to get started on web conferencing today?
There are plenty of great options when it comes to video calling technology. But not all of them will be right for your business.
So make sure to pick the one that offers you and your team the best interface. Also, get one that you know you can build into your system easily.
Here’s a short list of some of the best web conferencing solutions available out there:
Skype: With over 300 million users, Skype continues to be a main player in internet calling platforms. It’s got you covered with free calls, chats, video calls and videoconferencing—though most of these features only work when used among fellow Skypers.
It’s one of the most favorite platforms for startups too. The free services go a long way to ensure organizations save up on communication costs. If you want familiarity plus functionality, you can hardly go wrong with Skype.
Blue Jeans: A popular name in web-based technology, Blue Jeans SG offers polycom video conferencing with a slew of features that include screen sharing, video sharing, face to face calls, along with HD and whole lot of others.
That means super crisp video technology with Blue Jeans that allows for the best possible environment for your online meetings. Audio quality is topnotch and the interface is simple and easy to understand.
It also offers a recording feature that’s ideal for a variety of purposes. From record interviews HR departments review for their hiring decisions to recorded meetings you can use as a video reference or lecture or as additional training resources for new hires, this solution hits the mark every time.
Google Hangouts: Want something with simple functionality? You can get that with Google Hangouts.
What’s exciting about the service are the many possibilities you can explore in using it. Another plus point for this service is that there’s no need to go through any installation process before you start.
So long as you have a Google account, you’re in. The one thing, though, you need to look out for are the updates—the constant updates. With Google Hangouts being a relatively new comer on the scene, there’s definitely still a lot of room there for improvement.
Consider those updates growing paints. And considering how often technologies change and improve, there’s a great possibility that Google Hangouts is in for a boatload of changes.
GoToMeeting: This is one service that’s all about video conferencing. Don’t like frills and anything fancy? Then you’ve found the perfect web conferencing solution for you. It’s got an upgrade version, the GoToWebinar.
If you want to start an online class or meeting, this version allows you to connect to as many as 1,000 people in your contact list. So no worries if you keep on adding to your contacts. It’ll be a long time before you reach the 1,000 mark. It doesn’t have HD though.
So if you want your video calls to sport HD quality, this one’s a miss. But other than that, it packs a great many features in a professional format that’s sure to be a hit for those team and client meetings.
Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand
Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.
How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?
– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability
A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.
The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.
Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.
In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.
While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.
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