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Google Hangout - A Better Option Than Skype

Updated on May 2, 2016
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Google Hangout Video Conference Meeting

A multi-site (2 offices and a remote speaker = 3 sites in total) video conference meeting facilitated by Google Hangouts.
A multi-site (2 offices and a remote speaker = 3 sites in total) video conference meeting facilitated by Google Hangouts.

About Video Chat And Conferencing

You must have used Skype to chat with your friends or family who are abroad or even used the video chat feature.

However if you wish to chat with 3 or 4 people living at different locations around the world, then Google hangout can turn out a wonderful application for you.

Hangout is Google's chat room, where you can chat with several friends or people at a time and is a better option than Skype as it is very easy and has many benefits.

Free Video Chat Among 10 People

On Google hangout you can invite up to 9 friends for video chat. If you are already using Google then using this free application is all the more easy. Google users need not make a separate account for this purpose.

Whereas on Skype you can video chat with only 1 person at a time. If you need to add a third person to the video chat then you need to upgrade to Skype Premium or else remain limited to just audio chat.

Better Interface

Google hangout interface is much better and easier, as compared to Skype's. Fun features like the emoticons are very pleasant. Also, in hangout, you can share your screen very easily.

You need only to click the screen share button. This will open up all the windows making it very easy for you to share. You just need to select the windows you wish to share and click on the share button

Sharing can also be done on Skype but the process is a bit more complicated.

Consolidated Applications

Google hangout gives you the facility of many applications like you tube, Google docs and Slideshare.

For instance you can share a document while at the same time draw a diagram together, using the Cacoo tool. You can also share a you tube video with friends and even though you are at different locations you can watch the video at the same time. You can also play games while chatting with friends.

Google hangout gives you all these facilities while in Skype, you can just share a single file.

Hangout On Air

This application gives you the option to broadcast your hangout live on Google plus and youtube. The hangout is automatically saved in your you tube account. The only drawback is that you cannot broadcast this hangout yourself, neither can you save this privately on youtube.

You Just Need A Google Account

To operate hangout you just need a google plus or a Gmail account. You can then take the benefits of other Google services,

In Skype, you need to download the application separately and then make an account on Skype. Since it is a separate application you will need to update it regularly and it has no other uses.

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      Kanai Adhikary 

      23 months ago

      Google hangouts is best suited for casual and social interactions. But for business meetings, security is what everybody aims for, hence, tools such as webex, R-HUB web conferencing servers, gotomeeting etc. are preferred.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Shaloo, to each his own, as the saying goes, I guess. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      I have used both but I prefer skype.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Glad to provide you with this information and hope you can use it. Thanks for stopping by Genna.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I didn't know about this feature and app...interesting. Thank you. :-)

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the visit and sharing this hub Flourish.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      I've never used this but am encouraged to try. Sharing on G+.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @Bill, thanks for visiting & commenting.

      @justthemessenger, glad you found this info useful. Thanks.

      @MsDora, you are welcome. Thank you.

      @Heidi, I agree Skype is more popular but for group networking the Hangout is the way to go. Thanks for stopping by.

      @ghostcc11, thank you.

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      ghostcc11 

      2 years ago

      Good Article.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I use both Google Hangouts and Skype. Like you, I've found that Hangouts is a much better platform for groups. But I do like Skype for one-to-one coaching sessions since many of my clients are not G+ users or feel uncomfortable with it. Thanks for sharing the tips!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm not real techy; that's probably why I was not aware of the advantages of Google Chat over Skype. I will talk with my children about including me; I'm sure they already know. Thanks for the lesson!

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      James C Moore 

      2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      I am not the most computer/internet literate person. So, this hub contains information that is very useful to me. Also, I have a Google account, which makes this even better. Thanks for the tip.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't do either of these but it's an interesting article.

      Blessings my friend

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