How to use Lifesize Go for free video conference calls

If your video conferencing needs are minimal, the free browser-based Lifesize Go service is a useful option.

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If you want a video conferencing tool for a small business or a small number of participants, there are a variety of video conferencing services, but many require expensive subscriptions. One free option you can try is Lifesize Go. With this tool, you can host free and unlimited group or individual group video calls with up to eight people. You cannot schedule calls in advance, but once a meeting starts, you can invite other participants by email or a generated link. After the call begins, each participant can turn the video and audio on and off and share their screen to show a presentation or demonstrate.

You can organize and join meetings in Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari on PC and mobile devices, so no downloaded application or software is needed. No login or account is required to use the tool, just your name and email address.

Beyond the free Lifesize Go, Lifesize offers paid options with more features and more participants. With support for up to 25 users and a permanent meeting room, the Mini Bundle option costs only $ 16 per user per month. With support for up to 125 users, 10 permanent meeting rooms and other features, the Small Bundle option costs only $ 19 per user per month. And with support for up to 250 users, 50 permanent meeting rooms and more, the average package option costs only $ 23 per user per month. But as a starting point or for a small or domestic company, the free version should be sufficient in most cases.

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To get started, open Chrome, Firefox or Safari on your PC or mobile device. Go to the Lifesize Go website. Enter your name and email address and click on the Let & # 39; s Go button to begin your conference call ( Figure A ).

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Your call begins with only you visible on the screen. To invite another person, click on the icon Invite in the lower toolbar (the first icon in the bar) To send an invitation to someone by email, type the person's email address in the Send invitation link field and click the arrow icon To send people a generated link to the call, click on the invitation link in the field below and then paste it into an email, message or any type of communication you wish to use ( Figure B ) The people you invite are saved in the invitation panel, so if you want to re-invite r Someone in a future meeting, just click on the arrow next to that person's name.

Figure B

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The videoconference shows the other participant on the screen.In a call with multiple participants, each person appears in a separate window on the screen.It can be seen in the small video window in the upper left corner ( Figure C ).

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You or any participant can sile Nicar the sound from its end so that no one can hear it. To do this, touch the microphone icon on the toolbar ( Figure D ).

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You or any participant can mute the video so that nobody can see it. Touch the camera icon on the toolbar. A cartoon image takes its place ( Figure E ).

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You or any participant can also share the screen. Touch the icon to share in the toolbar (the second icon in the bar). In the Share window, choose if you want to share your entire screen, a specific application window or your current browser tab. If you choose an application window, select the specific application you want to share and click the Share button ( Figure F ).

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Switch to the application window or another window you want to share To stop sharing, click on the Stop Sharing button at the bottom of the window ( Figure G ). [19659006] Figure G

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