Join.me Review

Why join.me?
Join.me, a LogMeIn product, is neither the cheapest video conference system nor the one with the most available room for participants. However, join.me struck the right balance between cost and maximum number of participants for us to name it the best video conference service for many participants. It remains very affordable while allowing up to 250 participants into a meeting at any given time, and it also offers a powerful, easy-to-use system.

Features
Join.me includes all the major features we looked for, as well as some ancillary features we enjoyed (despite its professed aim to cut out the bells and whistles). Here are some of the features available on join.me:

App integration: Join.me can integrate a wide array of applications your business might use, including major products such as Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, Salesforce and Microsoft Office 365. By integrating apps, you can operate directly through join.me; for example, you can schedule a conference ahead of time and provide the necessary details to your team on Outlook.
Audio calls: Included in the license is the ability to make audio calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). If you choose, join.me could double as your phone system.
Control over user permissions: The system allows the administrator to control user permissions. Do you want to restrict who can record meetings or use the presenter-swap feature? Do you want to view your team’s most used features or monitor ongoing meetings? Admins have the power to do all of those things.
Meeting branding: A nice touch to join.me’s conferences is the ability to brand the room with a custom meeting link name and your organization’s logo as the background image.
Mobile applications: You don’t have to be confined to your office or home to use join.me video conferencing. Download the mobile application on your smartphone to use it on the go.
One-click scheduling: There are multiple ways to schedule conferences and presentations in join.me, whether through the service’s own scheduler, Microsoft Outlook or Google Chrome. Once a meeting is scheduled, it takes one click to start it up.
Recording: Join.me is capable of both video and audio recording, and depending on which package you purchase, it offers a great deal of cloud storage space. The Pro package includes 5GB of cloud storage, while the Business package includes 5TB.
Screen sharing: An essential aspect of video conferencing, screen sharing allows you to show other participants what’s on your screen. One useful aspect of join.me’s screen-sharing feature is the Window Share option, which lets you share one window with participants while leaving others open on your desktop to take notes, for example.
Training: Purchasing join.me entitles you and your organization to free training from the company. After you complete the training, join.me will do regular check-in calls to ensure your satisfaction and answer any new questions your users might have.
Presenter swap: The presenter-swap feature allows you to switch presenters at any time during a meeting. The new presenter will be able to broadcast their screen, just as you broadcast your own. This feature is especially useful if multiple members in your organization intend to deliver a portion of the presentation.
Video bubbles: Video bubbles appear in the video conference to show you who is dialed in and what’s happening on their webcams. Seeing all the participants’ faces not only helps to facilitate the flow of the meeting but also allows the presenter to ensure that everybody is engaged in the conference.
Whiteboards: Whiteboards are a collaborative tool to sketch out ideas or jot down notes. The Pro and Business packages come with unlimited whiteboards for use by participants. One drawback of join.me’s whiteboards, however, is that they are supported only by Apple products.
Ease of use
Another big reason we chose join.me as a best pick is the software’s simplicity. Video conference systems need to be easy to navigate in order to minimize the training your employees and other users will need. Join.me is intuitive and straightforward, with a simple interface and helpful tutorials like this one.

The majority of essential controls are confined to a small panel that opens along with the conferencing tool. The panel displays four buttons, which you can use to access many functions, such as sending email invitations to your meeting, muting and unmuting participants, and broadcasting your screen to participants. Adjacent to the main controls are settings for your own personal line; here, you can turn your camera or microphone on and off, open a presentation, and invite additional users directly from the join.me application.