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PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:45 am
by segbert
With the retirement of PVC as of December 31, 2019, what are other church leaders using for video conferencing? I'm focused more on non-employees of the Church. The notification that was sent out lists alternatives for Church employees, but says nothing about those Church leaders who have been using it for Church business.

I've heard that some people like Zoom, but free calls are limited to 40 minutes only. I wish all meetings could be done in 40 minutes, but that just isn't realistic. I'm curious what other people are using for video conferencing, both free and paid services.

Re: PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:25 am
by sbradshaw
I haven't needed video conferencing for my calling, but for other things I've used Google Hangouts quite a bit.

Re: PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:32 am
by russellhltn
segbert wrote:With the retirement of PVC as of December 31, 2019

How was this communicated?

I'm not seeing anything on the web pages.

Re: PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:21 pm
by segbert
russellhltn wrote:
segbert wrote:With the retirement of PVC as of December 31, 2019

How was this communicated?

I'm not seeing anything on the web pages.


I received an email with the details.
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Re: PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:44 pm
by russellhltn
segbert wrote:I received an email with the details.


Thanks. Probably sent to those with active PVC accounts. Always interesting about how the church communicates changes.

I took a quick look at WebEx, and the free accounts are limited to 40 minutes as well. Microsoft Teams looks like it requires a subscription of some kind. The letter seems to address "Employees" while leaving absent any suggestions for local units.

I do know there are free audio-conferencing options.

Re: PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:35 pm
by eblood66
russellhltn wrote:Microsoft Teams looks like it requires a subscription of some kind.

Microsoft Teams does have a free version: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/free

There doesn't seem to be any restriction on who can use it other than a 300 person limit per organization. But that would handle leaders within a stake just fine.

From their feature table it looks like it may not support audio conferencing using the phone network but does support audio and video meetings via computer/mobile device.

My experience using Teams at work for conferencing is so-so. It generally works but we've had some oddities. But it seems to be getting better. Don't know if that applies to the free version or not.

It might be something that some may want to explore.

Re: PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:28 am
by missmini13
Brethren, has the retirement of Vidyo support for all church use been verified? Or is it just retired for church employees? We were just getting our HC started but held off when we saw this. Unfortunately the free version of Teams does not allow scheduling so isn't quite as intuitive as we were desiring. Thanks.

Re: PVC Retirement December 31, 2019

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:56 am
by russellhltn
Good question. PVC is still in the Help Center. I didn't get an email, but then I haven't been using it. I assumed it was only sent to those with registered accounts.