Orbital vs Zoom
With remote working now recognised as the norm to everyday life, virtual spaces providing areas to interact with colleagues effectively is an essential aspect for an efficient work-from-home environment. With popularity focused on video and chat platforms such as Zoom, which creates formal meeting spaces to communicate with others, Orbital have realised the huge lack of opportunity in this service to communicate more naturally. The team at Orbital are going above and beyond to ensure that their customers are experiencing the best remote working experience possible, with a passionate team behind the various features which they have to offer.
With Orbital, you are able to create multiple customisable galaxies for you and your teams to engage with each other. This is one of the limitations to Zoom, where you are restrained to a singular video call. Whether you are looking for 1-1 chats, multiple team discussions, or a quiet area to take a break, Orbital has it all, within a singular galaxy.
Inside the Main Communication Area
When inside your galaxy, the audio features create a natural and effective working atmosphere. The closer you place yourself to a team member, the louder you will be for each other, creating a space which you can leave open all day to socialise. If you are looking for a quiet moment, you can easily mute/unmute yourself using the tools placed at the bottom, or by using the space bar as a push to talk.
Orbital makes it possible to hold separate meetings, all at the same time, and all at the same permanent link. This incredible feature creates a fantastic tool to encourage all-day communication with team members, just as you would in the office. If you are looking for a team member within your galaxy, you are able to simply wave them over using the hand icon by the relevant name in the sidebar, this will notify them to grab their attention.
When using Zoom, you are forced into a singular room without any opportunities to be separated or ‘get-away’ and shut off for a moment. This system presents an issue when looking for a platform that creates a real working environment. Teams need a space where they can attend meetings, and then move onto informal chats with team members, or simply direct to a space when you are able to gather your own thoughts.
Your galaxy also includes the feature to add multiple pins. These are customisable spaces which you can add with visualisations to create an even more realistic experience. You are able to name each pin, add unique colours, change the visual to one of our presets or even upload your own image.
This pin feature by Orbital allows a variety of ‘rooms’ for you to move through, rather than the feeling of being isolated, much like on a Zoom call. The formality and confinement of Zoom can lead to an uncomfortable remote working experience, which can have a knock on effect with working schedules.
Chat & Emojis
Not only is the platform audio based, but you are also able to chat and send emojis for those more quiet moments. This will both pop above yourself in the galaxy for people in your close proximity to see, and also be placed in the sidebar chat for others.
Orbital also have a set of emojis you are able to use at the bottom of your galaxy, which you are able to replace with a vast array of emojis in in the system. Simply use the edit option, and choose your own personlised set.
Zoom is video and audio based, yet provides no feature to access a chat area where you are able to talk without your mic switched on. The inability to do this when people are working in new environments can cause a sense of awkwardness amongst team members, where individuals may feel uncomfortable with using video and voice from their unfamiliar home working environment.
Broadcasting multiple screens is also available within Orbital galaxies. Once you share your screen, people within your proximity will be able to accept your invite, and will view your screen in a resizable, movable pop up. This handy tool is great for meetings, sharing ideas and team activities.
Within a singular Orbital galaxy, you, and other team members, have the ability to share screens to one another. Zoom is limited in this aspect, where just one person within a call has the ability to host a screen share with the members of the call.
Let's take a quick look at just why Orbital beats Zoom..
|Orbital||Other Meetup Platforms|
|Your branding||Fully customisable||A logo, maybe?|
|Breakout areas||Unlimited and ad-hoc||Limited and formal|
|Fun to navigate||Feels like a game!||Definitely not|
|Guest conversations||Hang out as long as you want||Everyone gets booted when the host leaves|
|Speakers and presenters||Unlimited and many at once||Limited and usually one at a time|
|Built-in interactive activities||50+ suggestions, or add your own||Nope|
Orbital wants their users to have the most effective experience with their platform, and would love to hear from you. They have both email and live chat support available, where you will receive a quick response from one of the friendly team.
Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you and your team get the most from your new galaxy. Orbital also now have an integration guide that’s being built out: http://orbital.chat/integration-guide which will include 22 commonly used tools, to help your galaxy get set up with tools suited to your business.
Unlike the live chat services available at Orbital, Zoom provides automatic responses communicated by bots, including set optional replies for the user to choose from. As a larger business with sudden popularity due to current issues, this service has lacked in building real relationships between their brand and audience. The support system here at Orbital is backed by a passionate team, who are always on the look-out for connecting and learning from their users.
Remote communication that feels more natural.
One link. No downloads. No invasive cameras. Just conversation when you want it, and quiet when you don’t.
- Customise with backgrounds and images
- Create unlimited breakout areas
- Send emoji reactions
- Send text chat and URLs
- Broadcast unlimited screens