Hall.com is a multiplatform and free online collaboration service that helps you to communicate with your team members, friends, or colleagues. You can do group chat, instant messaging and video conferencing with people. Thus, you can create a communication network of desired people where you can also share files (also supports Dropbox to attach files) and can create quick notes to work together. There are multiple benefits of using this free collaboration online service such as you can create private or open rooms, can perform real-time collaboration, send private messages to a specific person etc.
There is also a unique feature present in this service: screen sharing. Using this feature, people can share their desktop screen with you and vice-versa. Screen sharing feature is quite helpful from presentation point of view. Thus Hall.com helps you to plan together and work as a team. You can use this communication tool absolutely free.
With free plan (for personal use), there are few limitations such as it provides only 250 MB online storage, you can video chat with up to 6 persons at a time, there is no encryption facility present for your cloud data etc. So first you can try it and if you find it useful enough, then you can think about the paid versions of this app for more features (for your own enterprise or for business purpose).
How To Use This Free Online Collaboration Service?
You need to sign up by providing an email address. After that you will get a link on that email address which you can access to continue the sign up process. After that, provide details (name, password, job title etc.) and complete the sign up process. Now you are ready to use this service. Interface and some features in this service are similar as that in Facebook. As there is a home button, notifications button present at top left corner, cover photo present in lobby of your room, you can group chat, single chat with people and can see who is online or offline.
For working with people, you need to add their contacts. You can use your Google account to add contacts or can simply invite your friends by sending them an invitation.
Create Rooms, Add Members, & Share Files:
At the navigation pane, you will find option of creating a room. Room can be private or open depends on your requirement. Give any name to your room. Once a room is created, you can add those members to that room that are already added by you on Hall.com. Or else, invite more people by sending an invitation.
Members added by you on a specific room will be visible at the right side. You can start group chat with them, share notes, files etc. See the below screenshot. In addition, if you want to send a private or personal message to a person, then place your mouse on the name of that person and a pop up will come. Here, you can click on ‘Instant Message’ and can chat with that person.
Moreover any person can leave group anytime. And you can change Notification settings of your room using available drop down menu.
Share Screen & Video Chat In Group:
This feature is really useful as using this you can share your screen with your team members and can even make video call (video conferencing) with them. Hit the video icon (see the above screenshot) present just next to Notifications to use this feature. After clicking that icon, a new window will open up where you can use video On, Mic On, and Screen Share tab accordingly. Not to mention that webcam is required to start a video call.
Some Key Features of Hall.com:
- Helpful service to work together, share files and group communication.
- Lets you add members of your company or group with whom you can video call and can also share your whole desktop screen or only a specific window.
- Create as many rooms as you want and invite people to join your room. You can even maintain the privacy of your room(s).
- Multiplatform service. You can use it on Windows, Mac OSX and on mobiles (like Android and iPhone).
- Supports Dropbox to attach files while chatting with group.
- Free service for everyone.
Hall.com is a handy service and brings new way to collaborate and communicate with your friends. You can create multiple rooms, add members, chat with them, share files, desktop screen and even make voice call. Hence a lot of beneficial features are available to use for free. If you want to use this service, then click on the below link to access its homepage.
Also look at these 4 free services to collaborate in real time on Word documents.