Realtime Audio and Video

Seeing your team together and having realtime video and audio has become second nature to most of us during this time (maybe to the point of fatigue). IT offers both Zoom and Google Meet.

Learn more about how to get the most out of these resources.


Use Whiteboards and Diagrams and Collaborative Editing together with Zoom to create new ways to collaborate.

Our ever-present COVID-19 friend Zoom is the Lab's most used video/audio conferencing service. Get more info from IT here.

PRO TIP: Become a Zoom Power user by leveraging breakout rooms, video over slides, and other new features.

Advanced Conference Rooms

We're upgrading almost 100 conference rooms with the latest technology including AI-driven cameras and microphones. Learn more at our AV Showroom site.

Google Meet has seen a large number of feature releases and improvements since COVID-19 started. While Meet isn't used as frequently at the Lab, it's fully supported by IT and is included with our G Suite licenses. Most commonly used features are similar between Zoom and Meet. One notable awesome feature in Meet - its ability to do live transcription of the speakers.

What about Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a set of products from Microsoft that have similar features to Zoom, Meet, Chat, and Drive. When people say "Teams" they typically mean video meetings akin to Zoom/Meet. Berkeley Lab does not offer Microsoft Teams (this is true even if you have an Office365 License through the Lab), but you can attend anyone's team meeting as a guest just like guests can attend Zooms or Meets that we host. You can attend MS Teams meetings through the browser or using their desktop apps. Setup of the desktop app can be confusing on first launch, since you can't log yourself in - but don't worry, once it's installed and you click on an invite in Google Calendar to an MS Teams meeting, it will prompt you to use the desktop app and everything should work fine. We have more FAQs here.