Boston University provides a variety of conferencing solutions for effective collaboration among members of the University as well as external colleagues.

A variety of conferencing scenarios can be found below. Each scenario offers recommended products that best fit the scenario. A more detailed comparison of the different products and their features is provided in the Online Meetings Product Comparison section that follows.

To request a consultation for your particular conferencing needs, contact the IT Help Center or your local support representative.

Online Meetings Scenarios

Online Meeting Scenario Recommended Product
I want to have a one-to-one online meeting Microsoft Teams

Zoom Meetings

I want to offer virtual office hours Zoom Meetings
I want to run an online session for my class in Blackboard Zoom Meetings
I want to poll my participants or assign them to breakout rooms Zoom Meetings
I want to record an online meeting in the cloud for later viewing by attendees Microsoft Teams

Zoom Meetings

I want to record an online meeting in the cloud and publish it for public viewing Zoom Meetings
I want to record an online meeting without using the cloud Zoom Meetings
I want to hold an online meeting where restricted use data may be shared Microsoft Teams

Online Meetings Product Comparison

Features Microsoft Teams Zoom Meetings
Available To… Students, Faculty, Staff Students, Faculty, Staff, Departments
Desktop App Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, Linux
Mobile App iOS, Android iOS, Android
Browser Support Without Downloads or Plugins Yes; Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Yes; Google Chrome is preferred.
Browser Plugin for Improved Functionality No Yes
Maximum Meeting Attendees 1000 300

Optional upgrade up to 1000

Audio and Video
HD Video Capable Yes Yes
Join Meeting with Audio Only Yes Yes
Join Meeting by Phone (Domestic) Yes, with cost Yes
Join Meeting by Toll-Free Number Yes, with cost Yes, with cost
Chat Within Meetings Yes Yes
Chat Outside Meetings Yes Yes
Content Sharing
Screen Sharing Yes Yes
Application Sharing Yes Yes
Annotate Shared Content No Yes
Whiteboard Yes Yes
Meeting Capabilities
Breakout Rooms Yes Yes
Polling Yes, via 3rd party plugins Yes
Cloud Recording Yes Yes
Local Recording No Yes
Recording Transcription Yes Yes, Cloud Recordings only
Automatic Live Captioning Yes Yes
Join Before Host Yes Yes
Join Meetings from H.323 or SIP Devices No Yes
Outlook Calendar Integration Yes Yes
Google Calendar Integration No Yes
Approved for Confidential Data Yes Yes
Approved for Restricted Use Data Yes Yes
Approved for HIPAA Data Yes Yes, in Zoom Meetings for HIPPA Only
Approved for ITAR Data No No
Encrypted Meetings Yes Yes, however SIP devices may be unable to join calls using encryption.

Last Updated: May 19, 2021