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Zoom Releases Version 2.0


June 11, 2013

Video conferencing is a valuable tool for businesses everywhere, yet it is still expensive and imperfect. End-users often have trouble affording the high-end systems, while the free ones lack Web meeting features and the general quality that’s needed for business calls. At the same time, Web meeting tools tend to be short on video conferencing features, and none of the above can provide true mobility, instead opting for mobile apps with just a fraction of the features.

That’s where Zoom comes in. Zoom combines video conferencing, Web meetings, and mobility into a single, affordable package, and now it’s releasing version 2.0. Video conferencing is a valuable tool for businesses everywhere, yet it is still expensive and imperfect. End-users often have trouble affording the high-end systems, while the free ones lack Web meeting features and the general quality that’s needed for business calls. At the same time, Web meeting tools tend to be short on video conferencing features, and none of the above can provide true mobility, instead opting for mobile apps with just a fraction of the features.

This new version improves on previous Zoom with several new features. Meeting hosts will appreciate the new dual-stream, dual-screen features, and those who need to join in on meetings will find that being able to join from PSTN dial-in and H.323/SIP devices makes it easier to participate. The calls are no longer restricted to computer and mobile devices, with the addition of rooms and traditional systems.

From the desktop, users have access to new mouse and keyboard controls, so they can control the meeting remotely once control is given to them, along with new annotations. Even mobile users get the mouse and keyboard controls from their tablets, along with new mobile contacts integration.

All this is still at its usual cost, which is nothing for “freemium” users. One-on-one meetings can be held for free, or for up to 25 people for 40 minutes. As for businesses, they can purchase unlimited meetings at $9.99 a host a month. Enterprises may find themselves needing many more hosts, so prices will vary depending on how many they need, but there are discounts when they begin to purchase a multitude of accounts.

The latest edition of Zoom is already being used by several of its customers, such as UNI and Gerson Lehrman Group, and the reaction has been very positive. It’s simple to use, but provides several features that make the conferencing and calling experience easy, such as call recording, screen sharing, and dynamic voice detection.

“We aspire to be the number one cloud video conferencing experience, and it’s for everyone,” says Nick Chong, head of product marketing at Zoom. “Not just for big companies - for everyone.” Given its affordability -- which ranges from “Free” to “Just ten bucks? I can afford that” -- it is making great steps toward achieving just that.




Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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