Zoom update delivers a quick hack for more productive meetings

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Zoom (opens in new tab) has announced a number of new updates and features for its video conferencing software (opens in new tab) that will help organizations be more productive and get the most out of their meetings.

According to a new blog post (opens in new tab), hosts will now be able to schedule a meeting with Focus Mode (opens in new tab) set to start automatically. While this feature was originally designed with online learning (opens in new tab) in mind, it can also help large businesses with many employees stay on task during their meetings.

For those unfamiliar, Zoom's Focus Mode places meeting participants in a view where they can only see themselves, the host and or co-hosts and the content being shared. However, hosts and co-hosts can also choose to view participants in Gallery View which enables them to see everyone at once.

Speaking of Gallery View (opens in new tab), Zoom has also added the ability to save a custom Gallery View order. Meeting hosts can now save a customized gallery order to each unique meeting ID which allows them to load the saved customized order before a meeting as opposed to having to manually change the order each time they're in a video call.

Video Mail

In addition to helping users have more productive meetings, Zoom has also announced a new update for its cloud phone system (opens in new tab) that will make it easier for colleagues to keep in touch.

While voicemail (opens in new tab) used to be the only option to leave someone a message when they didn't answer their phone, nowadays most people don't even check their voicemail. For this reason, Zoom has decided to provide its users with a more personable alternative to standard voicemail.

Zoom Phone (opens in new tab) users can now greet their colleagues with video greetings which allow them to leave video messages right from their voicemail inbox. You can check out this support document (opens in new tab) from Zoom to get started leaving video greetings or videomail for your colleagues.

While some users have returned to the office full time, other organizations have introduced hybrid work (opens in new tab) policies where some people are at the office and others are at home. With Zoom's new tools though, employees can stay connected with their teams regardless of whether they're working from home (opens in new tab) or are out in the field. 

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Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.