Google Hangouts Meet vs Zoom

A variety of web-conferencing platforms are available online. These tools allow users to remotely meet online and most offer video, voice, and text communication. Web-conferencing is useful for distance learning, web interviews, guest speakers in a class or meeting, as well as webinars and trainings. The two main web-conferencing platforms supported by Instructional Technologies at PLU are Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom. However, if you need help with any other tool, please feel free to reach out for assistance.

gmeeticon.pngGoogle Hangouts Meet

Integrated with Google Calendar, Google Hangouts Meet is a simple, user-friendly web-conferencing tool available to all PLU members. Use Google Meet for straightforward meetings and interviews.


Zoom is a popular web-conferencing platform that has a variety of group collaboration features. It’s a good choice for webinars, trainings, and hosting online team/class meetings.

zoomicon.pngBasic (free) vs Pro

The Basic version of Zoom is free and includes a lot of features, but is limited to 40 minute group meetings. The Pro version allows for meetings longer than 40 minutes and has a polling feature. PLU has a limited number of Pro licenses, which you can request by contacting Refer to Zoom's pricing information for more details about Pro license features.


Google Hangouts Meet
  • Basic virtual meetings (class sessions, web interviews, guest speakers, one-on-one meetings)
  • Basic virtual meetings (class sessions, web interviews, guest speakers, one-on-one meetings)
  • Advanced web conferencing (see Additional Features)
Number of participants
  • 100
  • 100
Time limit
  • Unlimited
  • 1-on-1: Unlimited
  • Group: 40 minutes with Basic (free version); Unlimited with Pro
Recording (to video)
  • Available to PLU through 6/1/2020. Videos are saved directly to your PLU Google Drive account.

  • Available in both Basic (free) and Pro. Hosts can record, as well as allow participants to record.
Standard features
  • Video, voice, text, and screen sharing
  • Video, voice, text, and screen sharing
  • Private chat
Additional Features
  • Integrated with Google Calendar, which makes scheduling easy
  • Whiteboarding
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Polling (Pro)
  • Waiting Room
  • Advanced meeting customization
Account requirement
  • N/A. Automatically available through PLU account to all students, faculty, and staff
  • Separate account required for hosting a meeting, which can be connected to PLU account
  • Participants aren’t required to have a Zoom account to join, but it’s recommended
Software requirement
  • N/A. Used from within a web browser.
  • Can be used within a web browser, as well as with the Zoom Client software. The Zoom client isn’t necessary, but recommended to access all features.


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Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2020-03-16 11:40 PDTUpdated:2020-03-20 09:49 PDT
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