Zoom has a plan to move its users beyond “Zoom fatigue” as pandemic restrictions are lifted and we seek more human interaction.
The video conferencing service, which has served as a critical lifeline with other video chat tools during the pandemic, said on Wednesday it was rolling out new app and event options.
A Zoom Apps Marketplace has been updated to support over 50 Zoom apps that users can launch from chat.
Available apps, including the Asana Productivity Tool, Dropbox Spaces storage service, and even games like Heads Up. Zoom says more are in development or to come.
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Zoom Events offers the possibility of hosting hybrid events directly in Zoom. Hosts are able to handle everything from one-day events to multi-day conferences, issuing tickets and opening virtual halls for visitors to congregate before and after events.
“These innovations will improve the way we connect and collaborate with our colleagues, clients, friends, family and others, improving productivity and collaboration while maintaining elements of fun and well-being,” said Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom in a statement.
Zoom, along with other video chat tools like Microsoft Teams and Google Meet, have played a key role in helping Americans adjust to life while working remotely. However, as governments lift restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, more employees will likely return to work in the office.
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But the use of apps like Zoom is unlikely to go away. According to a Harris Poll in May, 40% of Americans prefer to work from home full time, while 35% want a hybrid schedule where they split time between home and office.
The apps could also help reduce “zoom fatigue”. A study earlier this year from Stanford University attributed it to multiple causes, including lack of mobility and too close eye contact.
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