RingCentral Launches Free Video Meeting Service

BELMONT — RingCentral is looking to take on Zoom’s popular video conferencing service with one of its own. RingCentral has launched Glip Pro, a free, unlimited, easy-to-use solution that offers high quality and high-availability video and audio conferencing, seamlessly integrated with team messaging, file sharing, contact, task, and calendar management. It includes pre-meeting, in-meeting, and post-meeting capabilities – all for free.

Glip video meetings last up to 24-hours for up to 100 people, and provide a completely integrated team collaboration capability.

The world of work is evolving towards a hybrid workforce, with people working in the office, at home, at a coffee shop, and everywhere in between. RingCentral Glip supports teams with members working from anywhere. It starts with HD quality video and audio but goes further, enabling smarter meetings, and allowing participants to create groups, share files, and to start a meeting right from a messaging thread.

“We’re moving to the hybrid world of work where we transition from transactional and disjointed video meetings to collaborative experiences that address pre-, during- and post-meeting needs,” said Anand Eswaran, president and chief operating officer at RingCentral. “RingCentral Glip has been designed to make video meetings smarter. It reduces wasted time and lets you focus on what matters. We’re launching a free version of RingCentral Glip so everyone can now experience smart video meetings with integrated team messaging for improved productivity.”

Paul Rapier, vice president, Information Technology, Detroit Pistons, said, “The power of messaging integrated with video has taken our internal communications to a whole new level. With RingCentral Glip Pro, we are able to have meaningful conversations quickly and efficiently.”

RingCentral Glip is a smart video meetings service that comes with hundreds of free features, including the following:

  • Unlimited Meeting Duration: The unlimited meeting duration keeps teamwork going and enables users to meet for as long as they need but RingCentral says only 24 consecutive hours are allowed.
  • Unlimited users per account: RingCentral Glip can be used by teams and companies of any size – for free.
  • Up to 100 participants per meeting: RingCentral Glip enables organizations to host meetings with up to 100 participants simply by sending a link, email, or text.
  • One-click host and join: With RingCentral Glip,no downloads are needed. It’s even easier to hop on meetings right from within a browser, or the app. Users can start meetings with a single click directly from their browser.
  • App integrations: Leveraging RingCentral’s open platform, RingCentral Glip is tightly integrated with popular business productivity applications such as those from Google (Workplace and Gmail), and Microsoft (Teams and Office 365).
  • Switch devices: Users canswitch live meetings between any of their favorite devices and take their meetings on-the-go.
  • Integrated team messaging: With built-in messaging users can get more done before, during, and after meetings. Using task management users can nail down action items and keep teams accountable.
  • Team connect: With this innovative functionality users are able to easily and quickly create a new team messaging group for participants in any video meeting including people who haven’t used Glip before, making it convenient and quick to connect and collaborate with their contacts.
  • Flip to Glip: Easily convert email threads to team messaging.
  • Screen sharing: Users can share their screens and annotate so everyone can follow along with their work and dive more deeply into the details.
  • Cloud recording: Users cansave meeting recordings and highlights to the cloud for up to seven days.
  • HD audio and video: With HD audio and video, users can feel like they’re in the same room with audio and video quality that’s always clear and reliable.
  • Virtual backgrounds (beta): Virtual backgrounds replace a participant’s background with any image of choice. People can use prebuilt backgrounds, which are offered as part of RingCentral Video, customized backgrounds by uploading images of their choice as their virtual background or blur their background, removing any chance of distractions.
  • Closed Captioning (beta): The new service automatically converts spoken words into captions in real-time and populates them in a new section above the menu bar. Participants can also enable and disable this feature individually.
  • Secure meetings: RingCentral Glip provides a number of features to keep your meeting safe and secure including the ability to manage your participants with meeting passwords and authenticated join, and a virtual waiting room.
  • Meeting host controls: As the host, users are always in control. Hosts can mute or unmute members and end meetings for everyone, as needed. In addition, hosts can also restrict participants’ ability to screen share and chat or local meetings to prevent random people from joining and disrupting the meeting.
  • Waiting rooms: Any meeting can be locked with a password and includes controls in terms of who has access and when to ensure that meeting participants don’t get bombed.
  • Join using any device: Users can join from anywhere and stay connected from their desktop, smartphone, or tablet and also participate via multiple devices concurrently.
  • Dark mode: Dark mode enables users to focus on the information that matters the most: the content that’s immediately in front of them resulting in reduced eye strain. In addition, dark mode consumes less battery on a mobile device and enables users to differentiate their RingCentral experience from other apps on their desktop.
  • Third-party cameras: In addition to RingCentral’s virtual backgrounds, users can now customize their meetings with backgrounds, filters, and other special effects from third-party integrations. These integrations include XSplit, mmhmm, Snap Camera, ManyCam, OBS Studio, and others.
  • Noise reduction: Lower distracting background noise so users can focus on what matters.
  • CCPA and HIPAA: RingCentral Glip is fully secure and complies with applicable data protection laws, such as CCPA and HIPAA.

 

Upgrade options for RingCentral Glip

In addition to the free features offered by RingCentral Glip Pro, there are a number of paid options offered in RingCentral Glip Pro+:

  • RingCentral Glip Pro+ provides a range of additional video meeting and admin management capabilities including the option to host larger meetings for up to 200 participants, advanced analytics, single sign-on, and more.
  • For customers looking to add cloud PBX capabilities to RingCentral Glip they can upgrade to RingCentral Office that offers complete Message, Video, Phone (MVP) experience combining video meetings, team messaging, and a cloud phone system for seamless, integrated, enterprise-grade business communications.