If you have been living under a rock like the rest of us (i.e. in home isolation) then you would be well aware by now of virtual meeting software Zoom and Teams. These two seem to be the most common in a professional business setting, although there are many other services being used as well.

Zoom appears to be the software of choice for those with a previous history of putting on virtual meetings.

Lurking in your Office 365 subscription is Microsoft Teams. This lesser known and newer software is being widely adopted in school and educational settings. This is especially the case where schools had previously made it mandatory to have an Office 365 subscription. 

Some of the other old favourites are Skype, Google Hangouts, Webex and GoToMeeting. Microsoft has replaced Skype for Business with Teams. Skype for personal users lives on.

There are many other free and paid services. Undoubtedly a wave of new services are also on their way.

Which one you use will ultimately depend on who you need to virtually meet. Will it be consumers, small staff meetings or virtual conferences?

What is incredible is that most people already have access to and experience with software such as Facetime, Hangouts, Skype and Zoom.

For a small law firm looking to utilise their existing Office 365 subscription, Teams seems like the obvious choice. A client can join a Teams meeting anytime, from any device, whether or not they have a Teams account by joining as a guest.

Courts are going virtual as fast as they can. The Federal Court is conducting hearings using virtual meeting software including Microsoft Teams.

Virtual meeting software has now become essential software for a law firm, as important as software for practice management, documents  and billing.