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Video Communication Software

Call someone using video.

What does it do?

Video communication is an alternative to a regular phone call or an in-person meeting. You can place a video call with your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It lets you see someone’s face while you are talking to them. Video conferencing software may also have built-in features such as chat, screen sharing, and recording.

What kinds of video communication software are there?


Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later.

Google Meet

Anyone with a Google account can use Google Meet to create an online meeting with up to 100 participants. Meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting.

Blue Jeans

Use Blue Jeans to hold an interactive online meeting or brainstorming session with tools like screen sharing, annotation, and digital whiteboard.

Webex by CISCO

Seamlessly go from a chat message, to a call, to a meeting with the Webex app.

Microsoft Teams

Chat, calls, or video, anyone can engage at any time with Microsoft Teams. Your docs, photos, videos, chat history, and meeting notes are always there, so it’s easier to work together. Set up your team’s space with all the apps you need so you can stay in just one place instead of jumping around.

Related Apps

  • FaceTime Connect with family and friends. Make audio and video calls from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to other iOS devices or even a Mac.
  • GlideGlide is an instant video messaging platform for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. The app enables a user to live stream broadcast brief video clips, in a similar way as sending text messages. Glide communicates through WiFi, 3G, 4G,and LTE.
  • Google Duo Duo is a high quality video calling app. It’s free, simple and works on Android phones, iPhones, tablets, computers, and smart displays, like the Google Nest Hub Max.
Smartphone screen showing two people video chatting

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

video meeting, video conference software, video call, apps for video calls

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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Stacy Phillips

Stacy Phillips is the Project Coordinator of Assistive Technology Programs for the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Her responsibilities include coordinating assessments for adults with intellectual disabilities who are deaf under the "Harry M" waiver, Outreach Coordination for the National DeafBlind Equipment Distribution Program known as iCanConnectPA, and conducting assistive technology device demonstrations for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Stacy is also the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania DeafBlind Advisory Committee.

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