Know Difference Between Zoom Meeting and webinar – one by one comparison

Meeting and webinar comparison

There are a number of similarities between the Meetings and Webinar platforms, but there are a number of significant differences.

A meeting is supposed to be a collaborative event in which there is the opportunity for all participants to view each other’s screens, turn on their video and audio, and see other participants in attendance as well.

We design our webinars so that your host and any of the designated panelists, who may be participating in the webinar, can share their screen, audio and video. If necessary, your host can also remove the muted status from participants. Attendees who view only a webinar in conjunction with virtual sessions have the ability to interact with the webinar through Q&A, chat, and polls. It is not possible to change the name of a webinar participant.

Meetings versus webinars

Meeting Webinar
A Zoom meeting is ideal for hosting interactive sessions where participants will have lots of opportunities to interact or if you want to break your meeting down into smaller groups. Think about webinars as virtual lecture halls or auditoriums. For public events with large audiences, webinars are a great solution. Webinar participants tend not to interact with each other during the webinar session. The Zoom platform is an excellent tool for you to interact with your audience in a more social manner, but your typical webinar will consist of a few speakers speaking to a very large audience.
Generally speaking, Zoom is most effective with medium to large groups of 2+ attendees.
  • It is also a good tool for meetings with customers.
  • For example, sales meetings.
  • As well as training sessions.
We have produced large events and public broadcasts (over 50 people in attendance) such as the following:

  • Town hall meetings
  • with quarterly updates
  • as well as educational lectures
for a variety of audiences
  • including general employees
  • as well as training groups
  • that host events
  • aimed at senior executives and the C-Suite
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Meeting and webinar feature comparison

Feature Meeting Webinar
Participant roles
  • Host and co-host
  • Participant

Learn more about Meeting Roles.

  • Host and co-host
  • Panelist
  • Attendee

Learn more about Webinar Roles.

Audio sharing
  • All participants can mute/unmute their own audio
  • Host can mute/request to unmute participants
  • The host can set all participants to mute upon entry
  • Only the host and panelists can mute/unmute their own audio
  • Attendees join in listen-only mode*
  • The host can unmute one or more attendees
Video sharing All participants Hosts and panelists
Screen sharing
Capacity Up to 100 with free license, up to 1,000 depending on plan and large meeting add-on. Ranging between 500-50,000 participants, depending on the license.
Participants list Visible to all participants Visible to host and panelist
Email reminders N/A If registration is enabled
Chat In-meeting chat Webinar chat
Meeting reactions Only raise hand
File transfer
Polling Polling for meetings Polling for webinars
Surveys Surveys for meetings Surveys for webinars
Livestream Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service
Registration Registration for meetings Registration for webinars
Closed captioning
Breakout rooms N/A
Practice session  N/A
Waiting room  N/A
Paypal integration N/A
Require password to join
International dial-in numbers


The host or co-host can enable the attendees’ microphones, as well as mute and unmute themselves, if they allow Allow to talk to be enabled.