What is the difference between Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Webex and Zoom?

The table below lists the different features and capabilities for Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Webex and Zoom conferencing tools.

The web conferencing tools supported by UIC provide similar conferencing services but can contain different features. Some features may be available but are not enabled by University Administrators. Selecting the right tool depends on your course needs and teaching objectives, so it is important to understand each tool's features and capabilities. The table below lists each tool's features to help identify the right one for you.

FeaturesBlackboard CollaborateGoogle MeetWebexZoomMicrosoft Teams
Attendance ReportingChrome Extension Required
Attendee Capacity5001001000300250
Audio Conferencing
Blackboard Integration   
Breakout Room 
Call-Me feature   
Chat Capabilities 
Chromebook Compatible
Desktop App
Dial-in Audio  
File Sharing
Gate-Crashing* RiskLowMediumMediumHighMedium
Group Collaboration
Host Controls which attendee can present, share files, whiteboard etc 
Invite External Participants
iPad Compatible
Lock Meeting  
Mobile App 
Multiple Moderators
Mute Participants
Mute Participants on Entry  
Outlook Integration
Password for Meeting  
Personal Meeting Room 
Polling (collect responses) 
Private Chat
Raise Hand  
Record Session 
Remove Attendees 
Screen Sharing
Smartphone App
Students can create session
Unique Meeting ID's  
Use Phone for Audio 
Video Conferencing
Virtual Background  
VOIP (Internet Phone) 
Waiting Room  Personal room only 
*Gate-crashing refers to uninvited guests "crashing" meetings.

Keywords:Google Meet, Zoom, Webex and Blackboard Collaborate, web conferencing, Microsoft Teams, collaboration tools, conferencing   Doc ID:101577
Owner:Crystal O.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2020-04-29 22:29 CSTUpdated:2020-10-01 08:37 CST
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