With the increase in the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in downloads of videoconference applications, since most companies have adapted the work of the family culture. These apps are used by employers to stay in touch with employees and even organize team meetings. While there was a time when Skype was popular for such meetings, these days, another application called Zoom has grown in popularity. So if you are planning a team meeting or your organization has adapted the videoconferencing application, here is a complete guide.
Much like video calling apps, including Google Duo, FaceTime, and Skype, the Zoom app is fairly easy to use. The application is available on different platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. On computers, users can even access the application through the web browser and avoid the hassle of downloading and installing the application. Also keep in mind that Zoom is focused on business use and has functionality accordingly.
Zoom allows free and paid users. The basic plan is absolutely free but limits group sessions to 40 minutes. In addition, the basic plan only allows up to 100 participants. This should be enough for small organizations or even large organizations with teams of less than 100 people. However, if you want to add more people or don’t want to have interruptions every 40 minutes, paid plans are also available on their website. These paid plans start at 15 USD (around Rs. 1,150) per month.
How do I download and install Zoom?
On your smartphone, go to Google Play Store or Apple App Store and search for Zoom. Mac users can open the App Store and search for the Zoom Meetings app. As for Windows PC users, they can go to the Zoom Download page and click on download just below the Zoom Client for Meetings option. Alternatively, PC users can also connect to Zoom via web browsers by going to zoom.us.
Once the app is downloaded, tap the Join Meeting option and enter the meeting ID to join a meeting room. The user can also create an account on Zoom by pressing the Registration option. Users can also choose to log in with their Facebook or Google accounts. Once the account is created, users can create a new meeting, join a meeting, or even schedule meetings.
If you’re not comfortable with Zoom, you can also take advantage of apps like Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Google Duo. However, for meetings and professional interactions, Zoom is currently one of the best videoconferencing platforms. In addition, in order to keep in touch with the team via texts, users can install applications like Slack or Microsoft Teams.
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