Why Chrome is the best browser to host your VEEDEEO meetings

One of the (greatest) benefits of using cloud video as a service is you simply need to have a (good) Internet connection, a computer and a browser. We are sure your company has invested in computers with a good internet connection and everyone at your company has always a browser window opened in your desktop just in case you need to check your email, you social network profiles, news or the latest professional, tech and fashion trends (yes, we know you do because we do the same) – otherwise you would not be reading this article.

There are are many options when it comes to browsers, specially because companies have several concerns that inevitably affect their decision, such as security, privacy and speed. In a quick search over the internet (through your prefered browser, of course) you can find plenty of reviews and opinion articles about which browser performs the best.

Nevertheless, numbers say something about quality as well. And Google Chrome is the preferred browser amongst individual and enterprise users. According to StatCounter, Chrome has seen its worldwide traffic grow during the first months of 2016 – in April, 60.5% of the users across the world accessed Chrome from their desktops – an increase of about 14% since April 2015.

And because users are everywhere, on the move, Google estimates 1 billion mobile internet users have Chrome browser as their first choice when they access internet from their smartphones or tablets. Firefox comes in second, competing with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and the brand new Edge, but substantially far from the traffic Chrome is winning month by month.

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IE was once the most popular browser option – and is actually the longest running. At the beginning of last year, IE still controlled almost 60% of the user traffic, but the Microsoft’s decision to give 17 months to all users to upgrade their older versions of IE (including the popular IE 8 version) to newer versions supported by Windows 7 and 8.1, followed by the support suspension of the older browsers, encouraged users to find alternatives. Besides, IE’s popularity made it a coveted target to viruses and malicious attacks, a strong contribution to its vulnerability and consequent abandonment of IE feature and security updates.

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The many companies which still use older versions of IE as default browsers are now facing potential security and privacy issues and longer waiting time to load search results and website pages, which inevitably affects the performance of web applications and cloud-based software.

Chrome for the best cloud video conferencing experience

Before blaming the app for its so-called poor quality, bear in mind some browsers were designed, built and updated with features that boost the performance of websites and web applications. Annual and monthly browser reviews put Firefox and Chrome at the top for their speed, security and privacy, extensions and features. And because both support WebRTC (browser-based real-time communications), they are the preferred browsers for web and video conferencing platforms.

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WebRTC was released in 2011 by Google as an open source software project. Since then it has been optimized to support browser-to-browser applications for communications in real time – voice, video and file sharing. Using just a browser, any user can use apps to share content and start an audio or video call without external plugins or software installation.

Chrome was developed by Google and, as expected, WebRTC is native in this browser (and also in Mozilla Firefox and Opera; Microsoft Edge had recently joined the supported browsers elite club). This means the possibilities of WebRTC are full in a Chrome or Firefox browser. You can start and manage a voice or video call from a browser on your laptop or mobile phone while seated comfortably in a video conferencing room or the airport waiting lounge.

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For this many advantages – and specially because is accessible to everyone who wants to give it a shot – Chrome is the most suitable option for a complete and indefectible video conferencing experience. Companies across the world and all dimensions recognize Chrome’s benefits for their everyday activities. When it comes to security, Google has never concealed its security and privacy certificates, something they take seriously. Google Chrome is trusted by large and highly protected companies and institutions – even the US Government.

One more thing…

Inevitably, we are dealing with technology. Let’s face reality and assume technology has its failures. Your Chrome browser can rock and your video meetings still fail. Why? Several reasons – but begin to check your bandwidth.

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Why bandwidth is the most important guest of your video meetings

In this world of information on a global scale and frantic paces, bandwidth should be a major concern to any business with presence in the World Wide Web.

The web traffic is increasing and content is evolving, getting more and more sophisticated. Large files, high-resolution images and videos, the constant access to web applications. Everyone is connected nowadays, through their private and professional devices and networks. Content is consumed in seconds, as people’s attention is requested in several places at the same time.

Bandwidth determines how fast a website or web application loads on a browser and may test its visitors patience if it takes more than 15 seconds – the average time a person spends on a website according to Tony Haile, CEO of ChartbeatPeople do not want to suffer while waiting for a video to load or an email to reach their inbox. Besides, technology is raising the bar and making consumers increasingly demanding. They know what they want – and they want quality. A low bandwidth will limit and affect the quality of the content seen by the eyes of the user.

For the best video conferencing experience, bandwidth has its (very important) role as well. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred in a second and is measured in bits per second. It may determine the connection speed and ultimately interfere with the image and audio quality of your video meeting. A high bandwidth has the potential to make users happier, as their video meeting experience improves.

A slow internet connection impacts download and upload speeds. Due to our behaviour as Internet users, connections are normally set up to allow faster download speed than upload speed – that is how we can stream a video or load a website in seconds. Home networks commonly follow this tendency, but corporate networks can have similar download and upload speeds, which is fitting for video conferencing. What happens during a video call is that you send your video feed (upload) to the other connected video points, which they receive and stream (download) and send back their video feed, etc.

The ideal is to have a stable Internet connection with equal download and upload speeds for your video meetings. VEEDEEO requires a minimum bandwidth of 512 kb/s both download and upload for a HD image resolution of 720p, but we recommend a bandwidth of 1024 kb/s both download and upload for a great video experience. The higher the bandwidth, the better the quality of the image, especially if your hosting HQ video meetings with a resolution of 1080p, which require bandwidths above 4 Mbp/s upload and download speed. You can test your connection speed and predict the quality of your video meeting.

To avoid any surprises during the meeting, get informed about the bandwidth you have available so you know the limits of the download of internet videos or the upload of large files. Or, better, close all Internet-spender apps or websites you won’t need during the meeting. Then, test the connectivity before the meeting to make sure the image is as steady as possible. Bear in mind sometimes a low bandwidth is acceptable if the participants in your meeting are seated and won’t make movements and gestures that may result in motion lags or jerky movements.

But bandwidth is not the only thing to be taken into account. Connections may be affected by latency, a delay, lower or higher and measured in milliseconds, depending on several factors, such as the location of the remote servers or the network hardware. Satellite Internet connections, for instance, tend to have higher latency. If you host or join your video meetings from your desktop, bear in mind your PC should have a good processing capacity, with a good processor with a minimum speed of 1.7 Ghz and 2 cores.

Bottom line, consider investing in a good bandwidth service and technology will never let you down.

 

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Workspaces are changing: is yours ready to the future?

You might be aware of the changes in workspaces.

Spaces are being redesigned, work tools and data storage are turning digital, mobility and remote work are becoming regular. People are encouraged to collaborate spontaneously and to exercise their creativity like never before. We are no longer confined to isolated cubicles with only one telephone to communicate with the outside but are, instead, integrated in dynamic open spaces.

Unless you work in a company from the 19th century where digitalization is still seen as unnecessary, you have contact with web and mobile applications and – even better – terms like BYOD (bring your own device) or Internet of Things (IoT).

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Thanks to technology and mobile devices, workspaces can be carried with us to anywhere in the world, which demands the possibility of real-time communications. Digital workspaces somehow replicate the physical ones – you must be able to communicate as immediately as if you were in an open space. We mean voice, video and content sharing.

Internet has overtaken the workspace and molded the way people interact and collaborate with colleagues and customers. Software requires less and less installation as a lot of web apps have been developed to be instantly accessible through browser with a login. These are cloud-based solutions created and designed to facilitate your work and save you time and patience. The apps are always being upgraded so you deal with the latest versions and still keep your content and data intact.

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These new digital possibilities also affect the video conferencing usage within enterprise environments. Cloud-based video platform services are widening the access of more and more people to video conferencing in professional contexts. According to Gartner, enterprise video conferencing will increase 400% until 2019.

And why is that?

These solutions are extensions of in-house equipments or commodity endpoints, such as video cameras, screens and microphones, giving the term IoT perfect sense. These VaaS (Video as a Service) platforms provide the scalability and interoperability business demands, contributing to effectively reduce costs. They simplify connections between devices and systems – mobile, desktops or equipment-based video conferencing rooms – making it easier to an average internet user to schedule, start and manage their own video meetings without assistance.

And that is exactly what people need – simple, safe, easy to use solutions we won’t waste time trying to figure out how they work. After all, time is money!

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Does this look familiar to you?

Your company has invested in a high quality video conferencing equipment some years ago. At first, it was used a few times to communicate with other branch offices. It served its purpose and everyone was excited about the video room – you probably felt like driving USS Enterprise.

The real problem came when some of your clients and partners started to acquire video conferencing systems and ask to meet in video conferences. Some had bought systems with a different protocol than the one your company have, which made impossible to host video meetings with those clients and partners. Gradually, your company reduced the number of video meetings until people began to think the system was obsolete and had been a waste of money.

Not anymore.

Unless your video conference is too old and needs to be replaced, it is still functional and can be extended to its full potential. The good news is VEEDEEO solves connection issues and allows your video room to link with any video system in the world, regardless of manufacturer or protocol language.

VEEDEEO was entirely built in a cloud infrastructure – the best available in the world, we can assure you – and offers all the benefits of cloud computing. It actually follows a trend that is affecting video conferencing these days.

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The cloud is scalable, which means it adjusts its capacity to the needs of your company, giving it flexibility at an affordable and fair price. It is also secure – although many decision makers think otherwise, the cloud is foolproof. Hardware, I’m sorry to remind you, is fallible. But we can talk about this in another time. For now, its important to say VEEDEEO connects systems outside any company network, in a neutral space (to which we affectionately call “VEEDEEO space”), saving all companies the trouble of firewall configurations.

Here’s how things can be with VEEDEEO: your company hosting face to face meetings with high quality and giving a whole new usage to its in-house video equipment.

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Do not postpone meetings with those clients or partners who like to close deals as fast as possible, or waste time waiting for the most opportune time to close those deals. You may lose your chance – and the modern business world is always in a hurry. It is time to return to the USS Enterprise and drive it to another galaxy.

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Or, at least, be driven to a whole new way of making business.

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