What is Virtual COW?

Virtual COW (VCOW) has been set up so that Wargame Developments can run its annual conference - the Conference of Wargamers or COW - during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It will consist of a programme of talks, lectures, online discussions, and even some games, and will take place over the traditional COW weekend.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Tech platform comparison (updated 29/05/2020)

Alex Kleanthous and Martin Rapier have very kindly compiled this comparison of tech platforms which presenters may find useful.

Feature
Zoom (paid)
Zoom (free)
Teams (paid)
Skype (free)
Google Meet (free)
Google Meet (paid)














Max attendees
300 (webinar 100)
300
250
50
100
Very many
Webinar rather than meeting (better for talks)
Y
N
N (maybe possible with difficulty?)
N
Y
Y
Time limit?
N
Y (40 mins)
N
Y (4 hrs)
N (60 mins end Sept)
N
Screen sharing
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Scheduled meetings
Y
Y
X
N
Y
Y
Virtually raise hand
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
Breakout rooms set up in advance
Y
Y
Y
N
N
N
Breakout rooms on the fly randomly
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
Waiting room (can’t begin without host)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y?
N?
Background Blur
Custom background
Custom
Y
N
N
N
Recording
Local or cloud
Local
Cloud
Local
N
Cloud
Chat between participants
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Q&A tool
Y
N
Chat only
Chat only
Chat
Chat
Mobile apps
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

2 comments:

  1. The 40 minute limit on free Zoom is a real killer. What a shame.

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  2. Martin Rapier
    Only on free Zoom. We have a couple of paid Zoom accounts available.

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