See the two charts below for guidance in selecting the right service to fit your chat and audio/video conferencing needs. The first chart relates to general use, and the second chart is designed as a quick reference for faculty and instructors.  

What Do You Want to Do? (General Features)

Note: “Yes*” (with an asterisk) indicates that a feature is available but the service may not be the best option to accomplish the goal or task.

 

NYU Zoom

NYU Meet (Google)

NYU Chat (Google)

NYU Hangouts (Classic)
Service retirement planned for late 2020

Video/web meeting (10 or less people)

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Video/web meeting (10+ people)

Yes
Up to 300 participants

Yes*
250 for a limited time due to COVID-19 (100 under normal circumstances)

No

Yes*
Up to 25 participants

Webinar/Large Meeting

Yes
500 participants for Large Meetings and 1000+ for Webinars, by request

No


No

No

Audio-only meeting

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Text chat during meetings (individual and group)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Standalone/ongoing chat outside of meetings (individual and group)

Yes
Via Zoom desktop client

No

Yes

  • 8,000 participants per chat room
  • Limit for group chat is  currently unknown

Yes

Screen sharing

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

File sharing 

Yes
Only via certain third-party apps such as Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive

Yes
Only via links in NYU Calendar invites

Yes

Yes
.jpg, .gif, .png and other image files can be shared via upload from computer 

Permits attendees from outside of NYU (i.e., external participants)

Yes

Yes
Someone from NYU must grant external participants access to the meeting.

No

Yes
Someone from NYU must grant external participants access to the meeting.

Option to record and/or save

Yes

No

No

No

In-meeting polling / feedback feature

Yes

No

No

No

Virtual breakout rooms / small group discussions

Yes

Yes*
Via NYU Chat

Yes

No

Waiting Room to control admittance

Yes

No

N/A

No

Robust host controls (mute attendees, remove participants, control screen sharing, etc.)

Yes

Yes

N/A

No

Real-time/live Captioning

Yes*
Consult with NYU’s Digital Accessibility team for guidance.

Yes*
Consult with NYU’s Digital Accessibility team for guidance.

N/A

No

Dial in from a phone

Yes

Yes

N/A

Yes

Dial out to a phone number

No

Yes

N/A

Yes
Only one-to-one phone calls

iOS mobile and tablet support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

View presentations on mobile

Yes

Yes

N/A

Yes

Add a co-host

Yes

No

N/A

No

Whiteboarding

Yes

Yes*
Via NYU Drive and screen sharing

N/A

Yes*
Via NYU Drive and screen sharing

Annotation on shared screen

Yes

No

No

No

NYU Google Apps integration (NYU Calendar, NYU Email, NYU Drive)

Yes
With NYU Calendar and NYU Drive, as well as NYU Email ia Gmail add-on

Yes

Yes*
With NYU Drive

Yes

For Faculty: Teaching & Learning Goals/Tasks

This table is intended to help instructors quickly select the best service for their needs. Faculty may also find it helpful to schedule a consultation with the instructional technologists at the NYU Digital Studio to discuss conferencing for classes.

Note: “Yes*” (with an asterisk) indicates that a feature is available but the service may not be the best option to accomplish the goal or task.

 

NYU Meet (Google)

NYU Chat (Google)

NYU Hangouts (Classic)
Service retirement planned for late 2020

Hosting real-time class meetings

Yes*

N/A

Yes*
Limit 25 participants

Recording live or asynchronous classes

No

N/A

No

Invite a non-NYU guest speaker

Yes
Someone from NYU must grant external participants access to the meeting. 

N/A

Yes
Someone from NYU must grant external participants access to the meeting. 

Add TAs as co-hosts

No

N/A

No

Polls for student engagement

Yes*
Via Google Forms

N/A

Yes* 

Via Google Forms

Virtual breakout rooms / small group discussions

Yes*
Via NYU Chat

Yes

No

Group presentation (student facilitation)

Yes

No

Yes

Whiteboarding

Yes*
Via NYU Drive and screen sharing

N/A

Yes*
Via NYU Drive and screen sharing

Annotation on shared screen

No

No

No

Holding office hours

Yes* 

Via NYU Calendar

No

No

NYU Classes integration

No

No

No