13th of April, the Indian Government, in a surprising move, banned 59 Chinese apps. It opened doors for Indian tech companies as the demand for virtual collaboration apps like teams and Zoom is sky high.
Most of the Indian tech organisations are already prototyping the apps to meet the demand and utilise the huge opportunity presented by this sudden move.
We will share our first use experiences with different apps in comparison to teams or Zoom as benchmark. Most of the apps are in beta or initial release stage and a lot of improvement is expected in coming months.
Here is our look at the most interesting solutions that we have tested so far:
Mumbai based Inscripts developed Say Namaste and within a couple of days of its release, gained more than 500000 users.
Say Namaste is a multi-party video conferencing solution for organisations and personal users alike. The software also lays great emphasis on file-sharing in a chat window (the feature which I miss in Cisco webex) along with live screen sharing possibilities.
Inscripts also shared that to ensure data security they do not store any conversations or videos on their servers.
The working is pretty similar to the one found in the Zoom video conferencing app.
One of the first thing that I noticed while using JioMeet, is its similarity to the Zoom. They appear almost the same and have a similar user interface. So, for people who are familiar with Zoom, switching to JioMeet won’t be a hassle.
Relatively, Jio is a new operator whereas Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams are already there with loads of features. Still, JioMeet catches eyeballs of almost every person looking for a video conferencing solution at low cost.
10Times, a business events discovery platform has introduced a video calling platform known as Floor. The new Floor video calling platform aims to help individuals and organisations conduct live events such as buyer-seller meets, tradeshows, conferences, seminars, summits, meetups, and more.
KL Meet is a Bangalore-based solution, aiming to integrate big data, AI and IoT functionalities into its video conferencing solution. The application aims to stand out by getting rid of the hassle of subscription, providing full control of the video conference to the host enterprise, using locational services to implement unique features such as pinpointing nearby kirana stores and aiming to build a KL Meet community network for users to interact with each other.
To summarise, while most of the apps are coping up with functionalities on top apps like Teams or Zoom, there is a lot of improvement required to become a reliable team collaborations app. Having said that tech companies are burning the midnight lamp to add new functionalities and make newer releases more stable.
Our verdict is that the Indian app closest to Zoom and Teams in terms of functionalities is definitely Say Namaste and Jio Meet, with FLOOR and KL Meet catching up fast.
In my previous article, I shared about how Slack is adding the fun bit to team collaboration, the element which is hugely missing so far in any of the Indian apps. But like I said companies are releasing new functionalities everyday so hopefully we will see some development in that front soon.
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Author: Vishal Punetha
Corporate Training Consultant
I Train Consultants India Pvt. Ltd.
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