Though Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars provide comparable features, there are some differences to be aware of when deciding on which tool best suits your need. Below you will find a key feature comparison and a use case comparison chart.
|Zoom Meetings||Zoom Webinars|
|Amount of Participants - 300||Amount of Participants - 500 (we can do a higher number if we update our webinar license)|
|Content Sharing - All Participants||Content Sharing - Host, Co-host and Panelists Only|
|Audio & Video - All Participants (you can mute all and prevent people from unmuting themselves)||Audio & Video - Host, Co-host, and Panelist Only|
|Chat - Host to All Participants and Participant to Participant Privately and Publicly (Host have the ability to disable Public and Private Chat)||Chat - Hosts, Co-hosts, Panelists, and Participants can publicly (Host have the ability to disable chat completely for participants)|
|Polling - Available||Polling - Available|
|Breakout Rooms - Available||Breakout Rooms - Not available|
|Q&A - Not available||Q&A - Available|
|Live Stream - Not available||Live Stream - Available with some restrictions|
Use of Zoom meetings or webinars should also be considered based on the experience you want to provide for your participants. Meetings are more interactive and provide different ways for participants to engage. Webinars provide the host the opportunity to have full control over presenting to a very large group with full permissions to manage the webinar, panelists, and attendees.
|Staff Meeting||Less than 300 participants, video and audio of all participants, and ability to content share. More participant engagement.||Meeting|
|Training session||Less than 300 participants, breakout rooms are an option as well as polling and includes a Raise Hand feature that is ideal for training sessions. Host can mute all participants and toggle on when appropriate to allow for interaction.||Meeting|
More than 300 participants, more control for host, co-host and panelist. Audio, video, and content shared by host, co-host and panelist only. Includes polling feature, which is often utilized for professional conferences.
|Virtual class under 300||Ideal for interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation or utilize breakout sessions for small group discussions.||Meeting|
|Virtual class over 300||A virtual lecture hall or auditorium set-up with a very large audience. Ability to use Q&A feature for attendees to ask questions during class.||Webinar|