In order to help its users express themselves, collaborate and manage their communications more efficiently, Zoom (opens in new tab) has updated its video conferencing software (opens in new tab) with a host of new upgrades.
These upgrades include enhanced screen annotation for Zoom Meetings and Video Webinars, new hardware solutions for Zoom Rooms (opens in new tab), expanded management capabilities for Zoom Chat and a streamlined mass communication solution for Zoom Phone.
As Zoom has added a Vanishing Pen to Zoom Meetings and Video Webinars, users can now highlight text or objects on a shared screen without having to undo or erase highlight annotations. Instead, anything highlighted will disappear over time which allows a presenter to direct participants attention to something on the screen without having to constantly undo or erase their annotations.
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When it comes to annotating on a tablet or smartphone, Zoom has made it easy to create straight lines and perfect shapes in its mobile app (opens in new tab) with Whiteboard Auto-shapes. This new feature automatically corrects your annotations into their intended shape and can be a valuable tool for live whiteboarding (opens in new tab) in training meetings as well as during webinars (opens in new tab).
Meeting Reactions and Zoom devices
To help meeting participants express themselves in new ways, Zoom's latest release brings more emoji reactions (opens in new tab) to its meetings including the ability to choose a skin tone for your emojis.
While the company's software is available with a standard set of six emojis, users can now expand this list to gain access to Zoom's full list of emojis for reactions. However, on larger accounts, the full emoji set must be enabled by admins and account owners.
When it comes to devices, Zoom has made some upgrades to both Zoom Rooms and Zoom Phone. As Facebook has added support for Zoom on its Portal TV (opens in new tab) webcam, users can now connect with their colleagues, friends and family using their TVs. At the same time though, Zoom Phone customers will now be able to trigger and receive mass notifications using InformaCast from Singlewire Software to stay informed about crisis events and other emergencies.
Although Zoom first rose to mass popularity during the early stages of the pandemic, the company has consistently added new features to its video conferencing service to help it stay ahead of Microsoft Teams (opens in new tab), Google Meet (opens in new tab) and other competitors in the space.
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