Zoom App and Its Features
In 2020, Zoom has become one of the leading video conferencing software apps. It enables you to virtually interact with co-workers when in-person meetings aren’t possible, and it has been hugely successful for social events, too.
Make no mistake: Zoom is an essential tool for small-, medium-, and large-sized teams that want to keep in touch and continue their daily workflows with minimal disruption – as well as becoming a firm favourite with individuals.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later. Over half of Fortune 500 companies reportedly used Zoom in 2019 and during 2020 has hit even greater heights, recently claiming 300 million daily Zoom meeting participants.
When people are talking about Zoom, you’ll usually hear the following phrases: Zoom Meeting and Zoom Room. A Zoom Meeting refers to a video conferencing meeting that’s hosted using Zoom. You can join these meetings via a webcam or phone. Meanwhile, a Zoom Room is the physical hardware setup that lets companies schedule and launch Zoom Meetings from their conference rooms.
Zoom Rooms require an additional subscription on top of a Zoom subscription and are an ideal solution for larger companies.
Zoom’s main features
Here are Zoom’s core features:
One-on-one meetings : Host unlimited one-on-one meetings even with the free plan.
Group video conferences : Host up to 500 participants (if you purchase the “large meeting” add-on). The free plan, however, allows you to host video conferences of up to 40 minutes and up to 100 participants.
Screen sharing : Meet one-on-one or with large groups and share your screen with them so they can see what you see.
How does Zoom work?
Choose your plan
Zoom allows one-to-one chat sessions that can grow into group calls, training sessions and webinars for internal and external audiences, and global video meetings with up to 1,000 participants and as many as 49 on-screen videos. The free tier allows unlimited one-on-one meetings but limits group sessions to 40 minutes and 100 participants. Paid plans start at INR 1300 per month per host.
Zoom offers four pricing tiers (not including a Zoom Room subscription):
This tier is free. You can hold an unlimited number of meetings. Group meetings with multiple participants are capped at 40 minutes in length, and meetings can’t be recorded.
- Host up to 100 participants
- 40-minute maximum group meetings
- Unlimited 1:1 Meetings
- Free, forever. No credit cards required.
This tier costs INR 1300 per month and meeting host. It allows hosts to create personal meeting IDs for repetitive Zoom Meetings, and it allows meeting recording in the cloud or your device, but it caps group meeting durations at 24 hours.
- Host up to 100 participants
- Unlimited group meetings
- Social Media Streaming
- 1 GB Cloud Recording (per license)
- Purchase up to 9 licenses per account
This tier costs INR 1800 per month and meeting host (10 minimum). It lets you brand Zoom meetings with vanity URLs and company branding, and it offers transcripts of Zoom meetings recorded in the cloud, as well as dedicated customer support.
- Host up to 300 participants
- Single Sign-On
- Cloud Recording Transcripts
- Managed Domains
- Company Branding
- Starting at 10 licenses for ₹18,000/month
This tier costs INR 1800 per month and per meeting host (100 minimum) and is meant for businesses with 1,000+ employees. It offers unlimited cloud storage for recordings, a customer success manager, and discounts on webinars and Zoom Rooms.
- Host up to 500 Participants
- Host up to 1,000 Participants with an Enterprise+ Plan
- Unlimited Cloud Storage
- Dedicated Customer Success Manager
- Starting at 100 licenses for ₹180,000/month
Optional – Zoom Rooms
If you want to set up Zoom Rooms, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial, after which Zoom Rooms require an additional INR 4300 per month (Purchase up to 49 Zoom Rooms licenses online) and room subscription, And INR 4300 per month (more than 49 rooms licenses?).