10 – Zoom

UP 18 places. First time in Top 10. Meteoric rise in the 2 years it has been on the list.

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform.

Website: zoom.us
Cost: Free and Premium versions
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018: 18
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2018: 8
Top 100 Tools for Education 2018: 10

Past Overall Rankings
2017: 28    2016: 66    2015: –    2014: –    2013: –    2012: –    2011: –    2010: –    2009: –    2008: –    2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Zoom as one of their Top 10 Tools 

“I’ve pretty much switched to Zoom over Skype, so talking to my ITA colleagues,  or having video chats with folks is most often through Zoom these days.” Clark Quinn, 2018

“There are a lot of ways to engage people in video conferencing and webinars, but for the past few years, Zoom is the platform that is the least expensive, crashes the least, has the smallest learning curve for new users and is just simple.” Brian Washburn, 2018

“I have a paid pro account and am using this very simple video conference platform to connect and learn, such as with my Coffee Club.” Harold Jarche, 2018

“the meeting choice. Forget Skype, Google Hangout, Adobe Connect or GoToWebinar! Zoom has been our regular prick for more than a year when conducting an online meeting and hosting a webinar. Easy to use, few technical defects, fair pricing – Zoom has it all. We could not live without it!” Matthias Vermeulen, 2018

“We use Zoom for internal meetings, webinars and learning sessions with customers. I love it!” Kasper Spiro, 2018

“my favorite virtual meeting tool. Works beautifully for meetings with small numbers of people AND for large groups. Very easy to use and very robust.” Chris Wildemuth, USA

“It is the best video conferencing software in the world. Excellent for Online teaching.” Donald Patnaude, Thailand

“replaced Webex as the way to learn together for me this year” Helen  Sanderson, New Zealand

“client communication” Jill Pergant, UK

“Ah, this tool is a beauty. Much more reliable and robust than skype. Always works. My students never have issues with plugins that refuse to load or other problems of that nature.” Chris Wildermuth, University/College teacher, USA, 2016

“video conferencing for ease of use” Ember Hanson, Vendor, USA, 2016

“using for virtual meetings and small web training” Sharon Wingron, Consultant, USA, 2016

“Free video collaboration tool that does what it says on the tin.” Neale Murden, Online learning facilitator, Australia, 2016