Conferencing Services Comparison

See the two charts below for guidance in selecting the right service to fit your chat and/or conferencing needs. For further assistance, please click the linked service names to learn more, or contact the NYU IT Service Desk and describe what you'd like to accomplish. Faculty may also choose to schedule a consultation with the instructional technologists at the NYU Digital Studio.

Which service is the best match for what you want to do?

  NYU Chat and Hangouts Audio Conferen-
cing (WebEx)

Web Meetings (WebEx) Web Meetings (WebEx) Training Center
Web Meetings (WebEx) Event Center
Video Conferen-
cing
(In-room)

Video Conferen-
cing
(Desktop)
Video Conferen-
cing
(Web)
Text only chat Yes No No No No No No
No
Audio only conferencing No Yes No No No No Yes* Yes*
Video Conferencing

In the room?

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Joining a room conference remotely (from out of the room)

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Repeating meeting (web client)

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes

One-time meeting (web client)

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Ad-hoc conversations (1 on 1 or small groups)

Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Working groups, meetings, study/reading groups, virtual dissertation defenses)

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lecture, town hall meetings (faculty and staff only)

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Classroom training

No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes**
Eligibility

Available to staff

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes

Available to faculty

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Available to students

Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes***

*    Audio only use is possible, but discouraged. WebEx is a better choice.
**   Possible, but WebEx is likely a better choice.
*** Students can join a Video Conferencing: Web meeting if invited by a faculty or staff member, but can not initiate their own.

Service Features

  NYU Chat and Hangouts Audio Conferen-
cing (WebEx)
Web Meetings (WebEx) Web Meetings (WebEx)
Training Center
Web Meetings (WebEx)
Event Center
Video Conferen-
cing
(In-room)
Video Conferen-
cing
(Desktop)
Video Conferen-
cing
(Web)
Chat Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Meeting with HD video No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
File application, desktop sharing for collaboration No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Invite attendees from outside of NYU Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Bring lecturer into the meeting/
classroom
No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobile device access Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Record and playback No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polling No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Q&A No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Virtual breakout rooms No No No Yes No No No No
Broadcast (up to 1,000 attendees)
No No No No Yes No No No