Video Conferencing vs. Web Conferencing and their Differences

With all the web talk going on over the last year and a half due to the pandemic, a lot of businesspeople have gotten used to hearing all this web-related jargon all the time. That being said, there are still two commonly misused terms that both have to do with conferencing via the Internet: video conferencing and web conferencing. Believe it or not, there is actually a pretty significant difference between the two! Here are the major differences between web conferencing and video conferencing, so you’ll know how to be prepared for each beforehand without any misunderstandings. 

Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is any kind of conference that takes place via a video on the Internet. The main point of video conferencing is that it is a two-way or more form of communication since all participants are going to be part of the conference. Essentially, imagine it as everyone sitting together at a staff meeting or conference table to discuss budgets, quarterly goals, or something similar. Everyone will likely be active and participate in the conversation. Well, video conferencing is just that, but everyone is in separate areas or households and is participating via a screen or service provider like Zoom, Google Meets, or Microsoft Teams. Video conferencing is recommended for pairing with a secure phone system software for best results, in case someone cannot attend with their smartphone or computer. 

Web Conferencing

Web conferencing is somewhat similar to video conferencing, as both involve the use of an online streaming video. However, web conferencing is generally a one-way form of communication. Usually, web conferencing is set up similar to how a keynote speaker or lecture is set up. Your kids are likely using web conferencing in their virtual classrooms. Or, imagine yourself at a large work training session or at an annual company convention event. One person is likely doing most of or all of the talking, while other sit and observe. Again, this is essentially web conferencing; the only difference is that everyone, including the speaker, is behind a screen. 

Video Conferencing & Web Conferencing Summary

As you can see, these terms are very similar in wording but are not quite the same when it comes to what they actually are. Video conferencing is much more useful for offices with smaller teams that have gone fully or mostly remote and need a way to communicate ideas and brainstorm with one another. Web conferencing is very useful for speakers and lecturers to get their ideas across to a wide audience. Understanding the differences can help everyone stay prepared and organized for both events. 

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