Whilst Zoom has been quietly going about its business, providing quality video conferencing since 2013, it's come to the forefront of everyone's consciousness since 2020. The sudden and unexpected impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on remote working practises skyrocketed Zoom into the spotlight. Like Skype before it, Zoom has become an everyday part of our language, but is it better? Well, probably, yes.
A major hiccup in Zoom's recent history, the prevalence of Zoombombing and other security concerns, were a temporary turn-off for many in early 2020. However, they regrouped and came back
with bigger and better security measures and a newly released Trust Centre
for all things compliance, security, safety, and privacy.
Zoom keeps topping the charts of video conferencing rankings and it's mostly down to their inclusion of features and app integration. If you can think of a feature you'd like from your video conferencing platform, Zoom's probably got it. They're not resting on their laurels either, consistently evolving and improving as uptake requires. Zoom's free platform includes enough tech options that mean it's suitable even for most business use, but their paid plans cater to more complex use for larger corporations too. Zoom's Killer Feature - Breakout Rooms
Zoom's breakout rooms feature are far more user friendly than that of Teams. Depending on your Zoom account, you can have up to 100 breakout rooms, catering to 1000 participants, to allow for really in-depth, focussed working for even the largest gatherings. Participants can ask for your help from within a breakout and you can send messages, and set a timer, to let your audience know when it's time to return to the main session. Participants can now choose their own breakout room, and move between them, for total submersion, although of course, the host (and co-hosts) will retain privileges to keep the agenda on track. It's about as real-life as a virtual conference gets.