What is the difference between Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Webex and Zoom?

The table below lists the different features and capabilities for Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Webex and Zoom conferencing tools.

The web conferencing tools supported by UIC provide similar conferencing services but can contain different features. Some features may be available but are not enabled by University Administrators. Selecting the right tool depends on your course needs and teaching objectives, so it is important to understand each tool's features and capabilities. The table below lists each tool's features to help identify the right one for you.

Features Blackboard Collaborate Google Meet Webex Zoom Microsoft Teams
Attendance Reporting Chrome Extension Required
Attendee Capacity 500 100 1000 300 250
Audio Conferencing
Blackboard Integration      
Breakout Room  
Call-Me feature      
Chat Capabilities 
Chromebook Compatible
Desktop App
Dial-in Audio   
File Sharing
Gate-Crashing* Risk Low Medium Medium High Medium
Group Collaboration
Host Controls which attendee can present, share files, whiteboard etc  
Invite External Participants
iPad Compatible
Lock Meeting    
Mobile App 
Multiple Moderators
Mute Participants
Mute Participants on Entry    
Outlook Integration
Password for Meeting    
Personal Meeting Room  
Polling (collect responses)  
Private Chat
Raise Hand   
Record Session  
Remove Attendees  
Screen Sharing
Smartphone App
Students can create session    
Unique Meeting ID's    
Use Phone for Audio  
Video Conferencing
Virtual Background    
VOIP (Internet Phone)  
Waiting Room     Personal room only  
*Gate-crashing refers to uninvited guests "crashing" meetings.


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