Videoconferencing Tool Comparison

ITS offers a variety of conferencing options for all faculty, staff, and students to use at no cost. Use this resource to help make a decision about which tool to use based on the set of features you need.

  BlueJeans Meetings
not available after 5/1/2021
Canvas Conferences (BigBlueButton) Google Meet Zoom Zoom Webinars
Recommended use Small-to-medium discussion classes, staff meetings. Small-to-medium classes focused on materials, where everything is integrated in a single Canvas environment. Small-to-medium discussion classes, staff meetings. (Only free option for alumni and retirees.) Staff meetings, training sessions under 300 people. Town halls, classes over 300 or professional conferences.
Integrates with Canvas
Maximum connections 200 100 100 300 500–10,000
HIPAA compliant for use with PHI
Option to allow only U-M authenticated users to join
Screen share capability Host, co-host panelist.
Q&A option
Virtual backgrounds Yes; blurred backgrounds available now. Custom background currently unavailable. Host, co-host panelist.
Download recordings Before 4/30/2021. No. Temporary recordings available and saved for 30 days to share. No downloads, no external sharing (only U-M users). Yes, for 180 days. Yes, for 180 days.
Annotate screen share Yes; Current speaker. Yes; Presenter and participants. Yes; Presenter and participants. Yes; Presenter only.
Built-in polling
Raise hand
Breakout rooms
Max participants seen on screen 25 12 49 49 Host and panelist(s)
Compatible with high-end room systems
Auto Captioning
Captions cannot be downloaded or recorded.

Transcripts can be automatically downloaded.

Transcripts can be automatically downloaded.
Supports real-time CART captioning
Inline CART support.

Captions can be downloaded.
ASL interpreter support (multiple pinned screens) Unknown Unknown
Screen reader accessible Partly Mostly Mostly Mostly

Functionality varies by product.