Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) Solutions

Best Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) Solutions include:

Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts (Classic).

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Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) Solutions Overview

What are Unified Communications as a Service Solutions?

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platforms provide a broad range of communication and collaboration applications and services in the cloud. The three main capability areas UCaaS solutions cover are: voice/VoIP, audio and video conferencing, and instant messaging/chat. Many vendors also include team collaboration features, such as screen sharing or real-time document editing. Contact Center software may also be offered as a separate solution or add-on product.

Many vendors in the UCaaS space started out offering one type of communication tool, like Web Conferencing or VoIP software, and then expanded their cloud services to include other types of communication tools. As a result, there is a certain degree of overlap between UCaaS and these two software categories. Certain vendors may be more well known for their web conferencing and voice solutions, even if they also offer fully featured UCaaS platforms.

Other legacy unified communication (UC) vendors have had comprehensive unified communications solutions for a while, but many of these systems started out as on-premise solutions. Now, both vendors also offer unified communications delivered via the cloud.

UCaaS Features & Capabilities

  • Instant message/chat

  • Presence Technology (makes it possible to locate and identify a computing device)

  • Audio, web, and video conferencing

  • Voice/VoIP technology

  • Team collaboration features (e.g. screen sharing)

  • Business email

  • Call recording

  • Centralized management

Some UCaaS vendors also offer contact-center capabilities, including auto-attendant, interactive voice response, call routing, and customer relationship management integrations. Many vendors are also building APIs into their offerings. This helps customers embed cloud-based communication tools directly into their applications.

UCaaS Trends

Recent trends in this space include:

  • Increased integration options: Customers have become more demanding about integrations and require better integrations with CRM and other line-of-business applications.

  • Security is becoming a differentiator with some vendors providing packaged encryption and VPN, as well as two-factor authentication and Single Sign-On.

  • User interfaces are becoming more customizable. This enables customers to design the product around their corporate brand.

  • A high degree of consolidation of different types of communication software (e.g. audio/video conferencing, VoIP) into unified cloud platforms.

Pricing Information

Pricing ranges widely depending on the actual bundle of technologies purchased and the number of users.

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) Products

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1,630 ratings
606 reviews
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Zoom is a unified communications platform primarily known for its use as a web conferencing tool. It features HD video and audio, collaboration tools, chat functionality, and an enterprise cloud phone system.
8x8 X Series (Formerly Virtual Office)
256 ratings
155 reviews
8x8 Virtual Office is a unified business phone and VoIP communications service. It includes features such as instant messaging, softphone, video calling, web conferencing, call recording, visual voicemail. Prices range from $22-$175 per user per month, depending on amount of features desired.
Microsoft Teams
544 ratings
128 reviews
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Microsoft Teams combines video conferencing software with team collaboration tools. The communications platform allows MS Office users to conduct conference calls and share files via SharePoint, and join or initiate a group chat.
NetFortris (formerly Fonality)
158 ratings
107 reviews
NetFortris provides business phone systems using Polycom and Yealink IP phones. They offer three subscription-based pricing plans, all including unlimited VoIP and desktop phone options. Advanced plans include other features such as video collaboration, softphone, and on-demand recording.
130 ratings
80 reviews
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Fuze is a cloud-based unified communications platform that includes IP PBX voice service, video conferencing, and collaboration tools such as content sharing and instant messaging capabilities. It also integrates with a wide range of popular CTI, CRM, and click-to-call solutions.
Google Hangouts (Classic)
448 ratings
67 reviews
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The classic version of Google Hangouts is a communication platform that includes messaging, voice, VoIP, and video call capabilities. It was part of Google’s G Suite offering and integrated with applications such as Gmail and Google+. Users of the classic version of Hangouts will be migrated to the …
144 ratings
61 reviews
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RingCentral is a cloud-based VoIP solution available via computer mobile application. It features video and audio conferencing, desktop phone rentals, collaboration tools, and integrations with other business applications. RingCentral offers plans available on a monthly, per user subscription basis.
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
108 ratings
60 reviews
MiCloud Connect is a business communications solution for contact centers that includes features like IP PBX telephony service, desk phones, softphone, and collaboration tools. It is integrable with other business communication technology, including Microsoft Outlook and CRM software.
GoToConnect (formerly Jive)
80 ratings
60 reviews
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GoToConnect Powered by Jive is a cloud-based business phone system with built-in web-based video conferencing solutions. It includes features such as call analytics, call recording, softphone, fax to email, voicemail to email, and desktop integration.
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
109 ratings
34 reviews
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Call Manager is a unified call control center from Cisco that supports enterprise collaboration functions across the spectrum of IP telephony, video & web conferencing, and messaging. Features include call forwarding, call back, call transfer, ad hoc conferencing, and call park.
52 ratings
30 reviews
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Dialpad is a cloud communications UCaaS platform that provides users with integrated voice, video, and messaging capabilities from one unified interface. It integrates with the vendor's web conferencing product, UberConference, as well as with G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Okt…
Vonage Business Communications
43 ratings
18 reviews
Vonage Business Cloud is a communication solution aimed at small-midsize companies. It integrates with third party applications, and includes IP-PBX capabilities, video conferencing, and collaboration tools. Pricing starts at $19.99 per month and increases with the amount of phone lines needed.
Evolve IP - IP Phone Systems
8 ratings
4 reviews
Evolve IP is a cloud-based business phone system that has integrations with third-party applications such as Google, Salesforce, and Zendesk. It includes features such as call forwarding, call park, voicemail, caller ID, group directory, audio conferencing, and inbound fax messaging.
Avaya IX Workplace
18 ratings
4 reviews
Avaya IX Workplace, an evolution of Avaya Communicator and the Avaya Unified Communications portfolio, is designed to improve key measures of engagement and productivity with powerful capabilities related to calling, collaboration and meetings, as well as a range of flexible, connected phones and de…
Sangoma Switchvox, formerly from Digium
8 ratings
2 reviews
Switchvox is an IP PBX supporting business phone systems, allowing users to simplify communications down to one solution delivered on-premise or hosted in the Cloud. Switchvox Cloud is a fully-featured Unified Communications (UC) solution designed for SMBs, featuring presence, instant messaging, con…
2 ratings
2 reviews
FluentCloud, from FluentStream Technologies, is a dynamic, cloud-based business phone system. FluentCloud includes FluentStream's leading phone system, phone service and customer support team, all in one. The FluentCloud product aims to provide businesses with new telecommunications flexibility, wit…
BroadSoft UC-One
4 ratings
1 reviews
BroadSoft UC-One is a Unified Communications as a Service platform that allows users to work from desktops, tablets, desk phones, or smartphones, and move between devices. UC-One includes business phone services, messaging, audio and video conferencing, screen sharing, file sharing, virtual meeting …
Unify Unified Communications as a Service
2 ratings
1 reviews
Unify, formerly Siemens, offers unified communications as a service.
West Unified Communications as a Service
2 ratings
1 reviews
West Corporation headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska offers unified communications as a service.
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
6 ratings
1 reviews
Cisco offers hosted unified communications as a service.
Zello for Work
Zello for Work is designed to turn any smartphone into a user-friendly push-to-talk (PTT) device on any network. This can be done with the user’s existing smartphones or ruggedized devices. Zello users can speak in groups or to direct contacts, decreasing nonessential noise in the work environment.…
Google Unified Communications as a Service
Google offers unified communications as a service.
Verizon Unified Communications as a Service
Verizon offers unified communications as a service.
Output Messenger
Output Messenger is a leading secure and private instant messaging solution designed for all businesses. This solution provides real time chat on the user’s desktop and mobile through single user credentials. The solution also allows users to securely share ideas.
MessageMedia SMS
MessageMedia offers enterprise communications via SMS. The company says it serves 15,000 clients worldwide including Fortune 100 financial services, healthcare, and technology companies, as well as government and non-profit entities. According to the vendor, key values include reliability, as well a…