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Alternatives to Google Hangouts

Skype, Hangouts, Zoom, Duo, and Google Meet are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Google Hangouts.
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What is Google Hangouts and what are its top alternatives?

Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.
Google Hangouts is a tool in the Web and Video Conferencing category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Google Hangouts

  • Skype
    Skype

    Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. ...

  • Hangouts
    Hangouts

    It is a communication platform which includes messaging, video chat, and VOIP features. ...

  • Zoom
    Zoom

    Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems. ...

  • Duo
    Duo

    Duo is a next-generation package manager that blends the best ideas from Component, Browserify and Go to make organizing and writing front-end code quick and painless. ...

  • Google Meet
    Google Meet

    It is the business-oriented version of Google's Hangouts platform and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It allows users to dial in phone numbers to access meetings, thus enabling users with slow internet connection to call in. ...

  • Slack
    Slack

    Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together. ...

  • Microsoft Teams
    Microsoft Teams

    See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations. ...

  • JavaScript
    JavaScript

    JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles. ...

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Skype logo

Skype

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PROS OF SKYPE
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    Free, widespread
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    Desktop and mobile apps
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    Because i have to :(
  • 57
    Low cost international calling
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    Good for international calls
  • 10
    Best call quality anywhere, generally
  • 5
    Beautiful emojis
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    Chat bots
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    Translator
  • 2
    Skype for business integration with Outlook
  • 1
    United kingdom
  • 1
    Not the Best, but get the job done
CONS OF SKYPE
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
  • 3
    Not always reliable
  • 3
    Outdated UI
  • 3
    Birthday notifications are annoying
  • 3
    The worst indicator noises of any app ever
  • 2
    Finding/adding people isn't easy

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Dmitry Mukhin

Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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Mark Nelissen

I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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Hangouts logo

Hangouts

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PROS OF HANGOUTS
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    Free
CONS OF HANGOUTS
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    Zoom logo

    Zoom

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    PROS OF ZOOM
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      Web conferencing made easy
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      Remote control option
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      Draw on screen
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      Very reliable
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      In-meeting chat is pretty good
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      Free
    • 9
      Pair programming sessions with shared controls
    • 8
      Easy to share meeting links/invites
    • 7
      Good Sound Quality
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      Cloud recordings for meetings
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      Great mobile app
    • 4
      Virtual backgrounds
    • 4
      Recording Feature
    • 4
      Other people use it
    • 4
      User Friendly actions
    • 2
      Reactions (emoticons)
    • 2
      Auto reconnecting
    • 2
      Chrome extension is great to easily create meetings
    • 2
      While sharing screen, you can still see your video
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      Mute all participants at once
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      When ending the videocall, everybody gets kicked
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      Different options for blocking chat
    • 1
      Easily share video with audio
    • 1
      /zoom on Slack
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      Registration form
    • 1
      Meant for business and education
    • 0
      Zoom
    CONS OF ZOOM
    • 20
      Limited time if you are a basic member
    • 14
      Limited Storage
    • 11
      Hate how sharing your screen defaults to Full Screen
    • 10
      Quality isn't great (Free)
    • 9
      No cursor highlight on screenshare.
    • 8
      Potential security flaws
    • 7
      Onboarding process for new users is not intuitive
    • 5
      Virtual background quality isn't good
    • 5
      Security
    • 4
      Editing can be improved
    • 4
      Doesn't handle switching audio sources well
    • 4
      The native calendar is buggy
    • 4
      Dashboard can be improved
    • 3
      Pornographic material displayed
    • 3
      Any body can get in it
    • 3
      Not many emojis
    • 3
      Past chat history is not saved
    • 3
      Recording Feature
    • 3
      En In reality,the chat in the meet not is excelent,noo
    • 3
      Zoom lags a lot

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    Yogesh Bhondekar
    Product Manager | SaaS | Traveller · | 15 upvotes · 425.3K views

    Hi, I am building an enhanced web-conferencing app that will have a voice/video call, live chats, live notifications, live discussions, screen sharing, etc features. Ref: Zoom.

    I need advise finalizing the tech stack for this app. I am considering below tech stack:

    • Frontend: React
    • Backend: Node.js
    • Database: MongoDB
    • IAAS: #AWS
    • Containers & Orchestration: Docker / Kubernetes
    • DevOps: GitLab, Terraform
    • Brokers: Redis / RabbitMQ

    I need advice at the platform level as to what could be considered to support concurrent video streaming seamlessly.

    Also, please suggest what could be a better tech stack for my app?

    #SAAS #VideoConferencing #WebAndVideoConferencing #zoom #stack

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    Yonas Beshawred

    Using Screenhero via Slack was getting to be pretty horrible. Video and sound quality was often times pretty bad and worst of all the service just wasn't reliable. We all had high hopes when the acquisition went through but ultimately, the product just didn't live up to expectations. We ended up trying Zoom after I had heard about it from some friends at other companies. We noticed the video/sound quality was better, and more importantly it was super reliable. The Slack integration was awesome (just type /zoom and it starts a call)

    You can schedule recurring calls which is helpful. There's a G Suite (Google Calendar) integration which lets you add a Zoom call (w/dial in info + link to web/mobile) with the click of a button.

    Meeting recordings (video and audio) are really nice, you get recordings stored in the cloud on the higher tier plans. One of our engineers, Jerome, actually built a cool little Slack integration using the Slack API and Zoom API so that every time a recording is processed, a link gets posted to the "event-recordings" channel. The iOS app is great too!

    #WebAndVideoConferencing #videochat

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    Duo logo

    Duo

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    A next-generation package manager for the front end
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    PROS OF DUO
    • 1
      Lean and efficient
    CONS OF DUO
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      Google Meet logo

      Google Meet

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      A video conferencing app
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      PROS OF GOOGLE MEET
      • 35
        Free
      • 15
        Integrated with G Suite
      • 14
        Group video call
      • 10
        Gmail server integration
      • 10
        Good to make phone calls
      • 9
        Instant Messaging
      • 9
        Easy to add and remove contacts
      • 7
        Unlimited Storage (Premium version)
      • 6
        Easy setup
      • 6
        User friendly mobile app
      • 6
        Record (Premium Feature)
      • 5
        Accessible from the Browser
      • 5
        Saves the chats for future reference
      • 5
        Browser extension
      • 3
        No pornography
      • 2
        Google Meet is never buggy
      • 2
        Cool emoji extensions
      • 2
        Amazing captions
      • 2
        16 people show at the same time
      • 2
        Meet has the best quality in terms of participant view
      CONS OF GOOGLE MEET
      • 9
        Quality isn't great
      • 5
        Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
      • 2
        No client annotation on shared screen
      • 2
        Not great sound quality
      • 2
        Difficult to share video with audio
      • 2
        Needs to take measures to improve the ecosystem
      • 1
        Auto-added to G Cal invites
      • 1
        Needs better support and rollout process
      • 1
        No interactions activities
      • 1
        Overheat cpu on Android
      • 1
        No desktop client
      • 1
        No desktop client

      related Google Meet posts

      I own an Escape Room. Since right now everyone is practicing social distancing, I would like to run my Escape Room games virtually. I would like to allow approx 4 users to log in to play. They can chitchat a few minutes before their game to get to know each other. Then once the game begins, I will introduce myself and give them the plot to their escape game. I will have a wide-angle camera mounted to the wall to show the room, and as the game master, carry a tablet or webcam around as players talk to me and direct me to show them certain items in the room, move in for closeups in certain areas, try lock combinations, etc. I will be their hands while they solve the puzzles. I am not sure if Google Hangouts Google Meet or Zoom is better for this. I did try it yesterday using google hangout meet and it was good, but I think there may have been a wifi issue where it was choppy. Just trying to figure out the best option. Thank you! Catherine

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      Slack logo

      Slack

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      Bring all your communication together in one place
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      PROS OF SLACK
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        Easy to integrate with
      • 876
        Excellent interface on multiple platforms
      • 849
        Free
      • 694
        Mobile friendly
      • 690
        People really enjoy using it
      • 331
        Great integrations
      • 315
        Flexible notification preferences
      • 198
        Unlimited users
      • 184
        Strong search and data archiving
      • 155
        Multi domain switching support
      • 82
        Easy to use
      • 40
        Beautiful
      • 27
        Hubot support
      • 22
        Unread/read control
      • 21
        Slackbot
      • 19
        Permalink for each messages
      • 17
        Text snippet with highlighting
      • 15
        Quote message easily
      • 14
        Per-room notification
      • 13
        Awesome integration support
      • 12
        Star for each message / attached files
      • 12
        IRC gateway
      • 11
        Good communication within a team
      • 11
        Dropbox Integration
      • 10
        Slick, search is great
      • 10
        Jira Integration
      • 9
        New Relic Integration
      • 8
        Great communication tool
      • 8
        Combine All Services Quickly
      • 8
        Asana Integration
      • 7
        This tool understands developers
      • 7
        XMPP gateway
      • 7
        Google Drive Integration
      • 7
        Awesomeness
      • 6
        Replaces email
      • 6
        Twitter Integration
      • 6
        Google Docs Integration
      • 6
        BitBucket integration
      • 5
        Jenkins Integration
      • 5
        GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
      • 5
        Guest and Restricted user control
      • 4
        Clean UI
      • 4
        Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
      • 4
        GitHub integration
      • 4
        Mention list view
      • 4
        Gathers all my communications in one place
      • 3
        Perfect implementation of chat + integrations
      • 3
        Easy
      • 3
        Easy to add a reaction
      • 3
        Timely while non intrusive
      • 3
        Great on-boarding
      • 3
        Threaded chat
      • 3
        Visual Studio Integration
      • 3
        Easy to start working with
      • 3
        Android app
      • 2
        Simplicity
      • 2
        Message Actions
      • 2
        It's basically an improved (although closed) IRC
      • 2
        So much better than email
      • 2
        Eases collaboration for geographically dispersed teams
      • 2
        Great interface
      • 2
        Great Channel Customization
      • 2
        Markdown
      • 2
        Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
      • 1
        Great Support Team
      • 1
        Watch
      • 1
        Multi work-space support
      • 1
        Flexible and Accessible
      • 1
        Better User Experience
      • 1
        Archive Importing
      • 1
        Travis CI integration
      • 1
        It's the coolest IM ever
      • 1
        Community
      • 1
        Great API
      • 1
        Easy remote communication
      • 1
        Get less busy
      • 1
        API
      • 1
        Zapier integration
      • 1
        Targetprocess integration
      • 1
        Finally with terrible "threading"—I miss Flowdock
      • 1
        Complete with plenty of Electron BLOAT
      • 1
        I was 666 star :D
      • 1
        Dev communication Made Easy
      • 1
        Integrates with just about everything
      • 1
        Very customizable
      • 0
        Platforms
      • 0
        Easy to useL
      CONS OF SLACK
      • 13
        Can be distracting depending on how you use it
      • 6
        Requires some management for large teams
      • 6
        Limit messages history
      • 5
        Too expensive
      • 5
        You don't really own your messages
      • 4
        Too many notifications by default

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      We're using GitHub for version control as it's an industry standard for version control and our team has plenty of experience using it. We also found many features such as issues and project help us organize. We also really liked the fact that it has the Actions CI platform built in because it allows us to keep more of our development in one place. We chose Slack as our main communication platform because it allows us to organize our communication streams into various channels for specific topics. Additionally, we really liked the integrations as they allow us to keep a lot of our in formation in one place rather than spread around many different apps.

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      Lucas Litton
      Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 24 upvotes · 277.9K views

      Sentry has been essential to our development approach. Nobody likes errors or apps that crash. We use Sentry heavily during Node.js and React development. Our developers are able to see error reports, crashes, user's browsers, and more, all in one place. Sentry also seamlessly integrates with Asana, Slack, and GitHub.

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      Microsoft Teams logo

      Microsoft Teams

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      Chat-based workspace in Office 365
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      PROS OF MICROSOFT TEAMS
      • 28
        Work well with the rest of Office 365 work flow
      • 23
        Mobile friendly
      • 19
        Free
      • 12
        Great integrations
      • 11
        Well-thought Design
      • 10
        Channels
      • 8
        Easy setup
      • 6
        Unlimited users
      • 5
        Strong search and data archiving
      • 4
        Multi domain switching support
      • 4
        Easy to integrate with
      • 3
        Same interface on multiple platforms
      • 3
        Web interface
      • 2
        Great voice quality
      CONS OF MICROSOFT TEAMS
      • 17
        Confusing UI
      • 12
        Bad performance on init and after quite a use
      • 10
        Bad Usermanagement
      • 6
        No desktop client (only fat and slow electron app)
      • 6
        Can't see all members in a video meeting
      • 5
        Unable to Mute users
      • 5
        No Markdown Support
      • 4
        You don't really own your messages
      • 4
        MIssing public channels
      • 4
        Forced WYSIWYG
      • 3
        Stubborn, unused friendly
      • 3
        Challenging Onboarding
      • 3
        No linux support
      • 1
        Audio support problems

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      Jon Waite
      Scrum Master at Costco Wholsale · | 3 upvotes · 82.3K views

      Looking for the pros and cons for a tool we can use best for cross-team collaboration (software development). Has anyone compared Google Hangouts Chat with Microsoft Teams? What were the advantages of either??

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      Jack Graves

      We use Microsoft Teams as our primary workplace collaboration tool. It enables our team to work remotely and still collaborate on projects - with integration to JIRA and Confluence, the tool enables us to create War Rooms when problems occur and also provides information-sharing capabilities. Replaced HipChat.

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      JavaScript logo

      JavaScript

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      PROS OF JAVASCRIPT
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        Can be used on frontend/backend
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        It's everywhere
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        Lots of great frameworks
      • 897
        Fast
      • 745
        Light weight
      • 425
        Flexible
      • 392
        You can't get a device today that doesn't run js
      • 286
        Non-blocking i/o
      • 237
        Ubiquitousness
      • 191
        Expressive
      • 55
        Extended functionality to web pages
      • 49
        Relatively easy language
      • 46
        Executed on the client side
      • 30
        Relatively fast to the end user
      • 25
        Pure Javascript
      • 21
        Functional programming
      • 15
        Async
      • 13
        Full-stack
      • 12
        Setup is easy
      • 12
        Future Language of The Web
      • 12
        Its everywhere
      • 11
        Because I love functions
      • 11
        JavaScript is the New PHP
      • 10
        Like it or not, JS is part of the web standard
      • 9
        Expansive community
      • 9
        Everyone use it
      • 9
        Can be used in backend, frontend and DB
      • 9
        Easy
      • 8
        Most Popular Language in the World
      • 8
        Powerful
      • 8
        Can be used both as frontend and backend as well
      • 8
        For the good parts
      • 8
        No need to use PHP
      • 8
        Easy to hire developers
      • 7
        Agile, packages simple to use
      • 7
        Love-hate relationship
      • 7
        Photoshop has 3 JS runtimes built in
      • 7
        Evolution of C
      • 7
        It's fun
      • 7
        Hard not to use
      • 7
        Versitile
      • 7
        Its fun and fast
      • 7
        Nice
      • 7
        Popularized Class-Less Architecture & Lambdas
      • 7
        Supports lambdas and closures
      • 6
        It let's me use Babel & Typescript
      • 6
        Can be used on frontend/backend/Mobile/create PRO Ui
      • 6
        1.6K Can be used on frontend/backend
      • 6
        Client side JS uses the visitors CPU to save Server Res
      • 6
        Easy to make something
      • 5
        Clojurescript
      • 5
        Promise relationship
      • 5
        Stockholm Syndrome
      • 5
        Function expressions are useful for callbacks
      • 5
        Scope manipulation
      • 5
        Everywhere
      • 5
        Client processing
      • 5
        What to add
      • 4
        Because it is so simple and lightweight
      • 4
        Only Programming language on browser
      • 1
        Test
      • 1
        Hard to learn
      • 1
        Test2
      • 1
        Not the best
      • 1
        Easy to understand
      • 1
        Subskill #4
      • 1
        Easy to learn
      • 0
        Hard 彤
      CONS OF JAVASCRIPT
      • 22
        A constant moving target, too much churn
      • 20
        Horribly inconsistent
      • 15
        Javascript is the New PHP
      • 9
        No ability to monitor memory utilitization
      • 8
        Shows Zero output in case of ANY error
      • 7
        Thinks strange results are better than errors
      • 6
        Can be ugly
      • 3
        No GitHub
      • 2
        Slow

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      Zach Holman

      Oof. I have truly hated JavaScript for a long time. Like, for over twenty years now. Like, since the Clinton administration. It's always been a nightmare to deal with all of the aspects of that silly language.

      But wowza, things have changed. Tooling is just way, way better. I'm primarily web-oriented, and using React and Apollo together the past few years really opened my eyes to building rich apps. And I deeply apologize for using the phrase rich apps; I don't think I've ever said such Enterprisey words before.

      But yeah, things are different now. I still love Rails, and still use it for a lot of apps I build. But it's that silly rich apps phrase that's the problem. Users have way more comprehensive expectations than they did even five years ago, and the JS community does a good job at building tools and tech that tackle the problems of making heavy, complicated UI and frontend work.

      Obviously there's a lot of things happening here, so just saying "JavaScript isn't terrible" might encompass a huge amount of libraries and frameworks. But if you're like me, yeah, give things another shot- I'm somehow not hating on JavaScript anymore and... gulp... I kinda love it.

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      Conor Myhrvold
      Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber · | 44 upvotes · 10.9M views

      How Uber developed the open source, end-to-end distributed tracing Jaeger , now a CNCF project:

      Distributed tracing is quickly becoming a must-have component in the tools that organizations use to monitor their complex, microservice-based architectures. At Uber, our open source distributed tracing system Jaeger saw large-scale internal adoption throughout 2016, integrated into hundreds of microservices and now recording thousands of traces every second.

      Here is the story of how we got here, from investigating off-the-shelf solutions like Zipkin, to why we switched from pull to push architecture, and how distributed tracing will continue to evolve:

      https://eng.uber.com/distributed-tracing/

      (GitHub Pages : https://www.jaegertracing.io/, GitHub: https://github.com/jaegertracing/jaeger)

      Bindings/Operator: Python Java Node.js Go C++ Kubernetes JavaScript OpenShift C# Apache Spark

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