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8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

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Score 7.3 out of 100

Google Hangouts (Classic)

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

Any business that has workers in multiple locations or workers who are based out for the office for significant periods of time will really benefit from the 8x8 cloud-based system. Your direct line follows you around, but because of the Virtual Attendant, office hours and out of hours can be configured so that you only receive calls when you're "at work."
Andrew Steven | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

Hangouts is a great free option for video conferencing and chat on a budget. That's what makes it so attractive for my volunteer work with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). I'm not getting charged for anything except for storage, which is really cost-effective. You won't find a better, cost-effective tool than Hangouts. However, it just doesn't have that professional feel that makes me want to bring it to my organization to promote as a solution. Webex pretty much rules that space. But it's really hard to beat otherwise. I think it depends on exactly what you're using it for.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.4
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.9
Hosted PBX
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.2
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.4
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.0
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.3
User templates
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
6.7
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.6
Call reports
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.1
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.5
Directory of employee names
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.0
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.4

Call Management

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.1
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.7
Answering rules
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.9
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.8
Call recording
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.1
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.8
Call park
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
Google Hangouts (Classic)
6.8
Call screening
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.2
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.1
Message alerts
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.5
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.1

VoIP system collaboration

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.3
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.9
Video conferencing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.1
Google Hangouts (Classic)
9.0
Audio conferencing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.9
Video screen sharing
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
6.8
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.6
Instant messaging
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.3
Google Hangouts (Classic)
9.2

Mobile apps

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
6.9
Google Hangouts (Classic)
9.2
Mobile app for iOS
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.2
Google Hangouts (Classic)
9.2
Mobile app for Android
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
6.7
Google Hangouts (Classic)
9.2

Pros

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • Conference call feature is great. We have created multiple conference bridges, we even have one tied to our virtual attendant.
  • We like the flexibility of the auto attendant and being able to have more than one profile saved that we can change as needed
  • Having Virtual office was especially great when hurricane Irma came through last year and our office had no power, it allowed us to continue to operate from our cell phones without the customer realizing there was anything different.
Robbie Mancl | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

  • One tool, many uses: chat, audio call, video call, interact with Meet or any other Google tool, perfectly integrated.
  • One tool, any platform.
  • Cell phone? No problem.
  • Tablet? No problem.
  • PC? No problem.
  • No matter what OS you're using, you can Hangout.
  • One tool, many people to connect: almost everybody I know has a Google account, or even the other way around, I think I don´t know anybody without a Google account, so they're all a potential Hangouts contacts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • Ability to integrate multiple businesses onto a single desk phone (or possibility this is a lack of familiarity with the system).
  • Have had no follow-up from the sales rep following the initial onboarding to ask if everything is alright. Would appreciate this.
  • Hardware delivery was somewhat slow, but there's this thing called coronavirus which may have impacted normal delivery times so not sure.
Jonathan Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

  • With many people on a Hangout on a mobile screen I felt that things were harder to track and manage. If people are thoughtful it is easier.
  • I found it difficult to track the chat and the video at the same time. If people were typing into the chat window it wasn't obvious what that conversation was while a Hangout was occurring.
  • Google Meet has taken over some of the space the Hangouts previously has done for us. If you are looking at alternatives it does have some similar features and is a robust product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.4
Based on 7 answers
We've had an excellent experience with 8x8 Virtual Office. We have downtime very rarely and the service provided by all reps is excellent. The little quirks that I've mentioned as cons are minor inconveniences but I prefer working like that than hosting our own PBX.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.7
Based on 6 answers
The web interface is easy to navigate and the data that I need is only ever one or two clicks away. When running reports, I don't have to deal with convoluted filters or awkward logic implementations, it just works and it works well. If I had to fault it for something, I would say that the interface is not consistent all over the place; The account manager portal and the Virtual Office portal have two completely different styles.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

Google Hangouts (Classic) 9.0
Based on 5 answers
It just works. Maybe you can experience very minor flaws or bugs from time to time (not a problem at all). You just need a google account (Gmail) and you're good to go. And best of all: It is free. The cost-benefits ratio is simply perfect, and audio/video quality is excellent as long as you can have a stable internet connection with decent speeds (no less than 2 Mbps, I'd say).
Martín Stricker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.8
Based on 2 answers
In the time I have used 8x8 Virtual Office, the core system has been up and running almost flawlessly though we do have a slight performance degradation from time to time as is expected of cloud software. The one recurring issue for us is that the fax connection is not always functional for outbound messages. We usually have to retry three or four times to get the fax to connect reliably to the destination machine. Once connected, it's smooth sailing.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.7
Based on 2 answers
None of the features that are available slow down the application. The reports (even the ones with hundreds of records) complete very quickly and the web interface as well as the mobile application never struggle to load or complete a task. The analytics will sometimes take some time to reflect the online status of users but it is to be expected due to connection speeds.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 6.2
Based on 82 answers
The support was lackluster. I thought my sales rep was going to set up the phone system for me and it took several weeks of going back and forth and then being handed off to an implementation person who helped a great deal, but overall there was an impatience on both the part of sales and implementation with the number of calls that were needed to understand and set the system up. They both told me they were admonished by their management for spending too much time with me on my calls. I tried the chat feature, tutorials, and webinars, but ultimately needed a live person to help me with the final questions needed to set everything up.
Adrienne Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

Google Hangouts (Classic) 7.8
Based on 35 answers
Google Hangouts works great and does not require a lot of work to troubleshoot. Everything is simple and easy to use. Google provides all of the tools that one requires to utilize Google Hangouts and any information can be found in the built-in help tools. There is also a forum for users to report issues and typically, Google responds well and will try to work out any issues.
Kaleb-John Loo | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

N/a. No in-person training.
Cindy Pierre | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 8.2
Based on 4 answers
I can only respond to this question with regards to transferring ownership of the account. that was easy and smooth.
Cindy Pierre | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

As far as capabilities and ease to use, they all seem about the same. If you are not technologically savvy this all can be a bit difficult to set up by yourself. Nextiva had great customer service, but the service was not cost-effective and call texting was ridiculously complicated. If I could have access to tech support via chat it would be a lot less time-consuming.
Guillermo Paxton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

The closest alternative to Hangouts is Skype. Hangouts is a lot more practical since it allows easier teleconference setup, and is so much easier to use since it's web based and needs no installation. At work, we use HipChat as well since it's well integrated with Jira, but I prefer Hangouts so I can search for any conversation through the email rather than hoping to find history logs somewhere on my computer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
We've had periods where our organization has grown a considerable amount and we have had no issues in scaling our communications with 8x8. The number of possible extensions that we can use is far more than we expect to go through in a very long time. The only complaint that I have is a very minor inconvenience for me where I have to download activation codes for each phone. I would prefer to have the phones automatically activated as soon as they are plugged in.
Daniel Herrera | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

  • 8x8 has cut down total monthly phone system cost by approximately 25%.
  • We can now work remotely without missing important calls and messages.
  • We can run many more reports than we could before as to who is calling and when.
  • Auto-attendant allows office personnel to not always have to answer if only basic information is needed by the caller.
William Perdue | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Hangouts (Classic)

  • If we can get it to work for us it will improve our customer service offerings in an industry that is very visual.
  • It will improve communication with our suppliers and cut down on shipping of samples back and forth.
  • It will save us time.
Vivian Vassar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Google Hangouts (Classic)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.5
Google Hangouts (Classic)
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.4
Google Hangouts (Classic)

Usability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.7
Google Hangouts (Classic)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.8
Google Hangouts (Classic)

Performance

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.7
Google Hangouts (Classic)

Support Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
6.2
Google Hangouts (Classic)
7.8

Implementation Rating

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
8.2
Google Hangouts (Classic)

Scalability

8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
7.3
Google Hangouts (Classic)

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