What do Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype, Join.me and countless other video meeting applications have in common? They’re a hassle compared to the solution offered by a startups called Sylaps. The reasons are myriad: complicated downloads, annoying logins, remembering usernames, too many features, not enough features, having to explain features instead of holding an actual meeting, etc. Sylaps, on the other hand, is DEAD SIMPLE and, though I haven’t used it yet, I’m really excited that it exists.
Every weekday I write about one new tech product I think the world should know about. I call this the Tech You Need to Know (or TYNTK) series. Alright, back to today’s article!
The idea behind Sylaps is to just send people you want to meet with a URL. That’s it! No matter who they are or what device or operating system they use, you’ll be able to connect for video and audio calls, chat and file sharing. That’s a pretty incredible premise and one that is, for business people at least, pretty mouth watering.
I absolutely hate it (I cringe hard) when someone wants me to join a Webex or GoToMeeting session. Those software dinosaurs are the opposite of lean. They’re packed to the brim with features that, for most people, are frankly useless. Plus, setting up participants is a huge pain. Skype is not much better — it’s interface is lacking and all participants need to have the Skype app and a username. Finally, Join.me is still not what I want because people need to download a plugin. So what you’ve got here is a desire to meet face to face with people and a bunch of tools that make it so hard that you never actually want to use them. Until Sylaps.
I premise of Sylaps is astounding. Utter simplicity and a product that just works. Those are two magic words that you can’t associate with any of the video meeting alternatives I’ve mentioned so far in this post. As if just working wasn’t enough, Sylaps also encrypts each conversation and there is no file size limit for transfers. I’m blown away by the promise and can’t wait to give this a try.
If you’re looking for the best video conference or video meeting platform — or if you’re looking for alternatives to Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype or Join.me — I dare say you might fall in love with Sylaps. I’ve fallen in love with the idea and hope to soon fall in love with the execution. If you give it a try, come back here and let me know how it works!