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Zoom, Meetings vs Webinars

A summary of the differences between Zoom Meetings and Webinars.

Webinar functionality does not come standard with either a Basic or Pro license.  Webinar licenses are an additional charge.   Meetings for up to 24 hours and with up to 300 participants can be hosted by anyone with a Pro license while Basic users are limited to HOSTING meetings (minimum 3 users) at 40 minutes and up to 100 participants.  For more information about if you have or are eligible for a Pro license please see this article. Webinar license options are based on participant capacity: 100, 500, 1000, 3000, 5000 participants.  To view or purchase Webinar licenses, as well as any other currently available Zoom Add-Ons, please visit the WebStore for more information.

Meetings provide a collaborative environment, while webinars are more presentation-oriented.   Meetings will allow any attendee the ability to show their camera or view the attendance list.  Webinars provide the capability of making attendees view only and hiding guest listings.  Both meetings and webinars provide features like recording, closed captioning, screen sharing, chat, registration and live streaming. Meetings have file transfer and breakout rooms while Webinars provide email reminders, Q&A, virtual hand raising and PayPal integrations.  Webinars allow the hosts to mute/unmute attendees, but are designed more for view only attendees.

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Keywords:A summary of the differences between Zoom Meetings and Webinars.   Doc ID:91816
Owner:Martin L.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2019-05-17 10:55 CDTUpdated:2020-02-12 18:35 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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