Zoom Announces Planned Innovations to Ignite the Next Era of Communications
Zoom Announces Planned Innovations to Ignite the Next Era of
Today, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. kicked off Zoomtopia 2021,
unveiling plans for innovations across its platform designed for
today’s dynamic working environments, and to ignite a new era of
connection and collaboration. Zoom is transforming the trajectory
of business and personal communications by advancing the way we
connect, share ideas, and get more done together - regardless of
location. Zoom is developing new products, features, and
partnerships designed to empower and engage the modern workforce
with connected workstreams.
“Innovation remains at the forefront of Zoom’s annual Zoomtopia
conference,” said Daniel Newman, Principal Analyst at Futurum
Research. “I am particularly impressed with how Zoom’s plans for
new solutions, like Zoom Video Engagement Center and Zoom
Whiteboard, could continue to broaden Zoom’s impact on different
facets of our work and lives, while enabling customers to create
and grow businesses entirely on its platform.”
“In the last decade, we have been honored to become the ‘go-to’
video communications platform, but there has never been a more
dynamic period in the company’s history than these last 18 months,”
said Eric S. Yuan, Founder and CEO at Zoom. “We have released
hundreds of new features, enhancements, and capabilities this past
year alone and we have exciting new features in our development
pipeline. With the ability to visually brainstorm on a virtual
whiteboard and collaborate with colleagues similar to an in-person
experience, or the endless opportunities of live transcription and
translation services powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) –
previously considered ‘futuristic’ technologies are on the verge of
becoming a reality and could reshape the way we work.”
Empowering and Engaging Communities Zoom’s
recent study on the role of video communications in daily life
examined people’s preferences for how they envision using this
technology in a future world. Globally, the majority of respondents
agree that everything will have a virtual element – including
celebrations and events.
- Zoom Events Conference is a new event type that Zoom plans to
make available this fall on Zoom Events, which will allow hosts to
organize multi-track and multi-day events in a sophisticated
format, with rich functionality, including, event lobby, chat,
networking, sponsors, surveys, recordings, analytics, and more.
Zoom Events Conference will offer hosts and attendees a
customizable experience with the ability to provide an engaging and
connected virtual event experience.
Enabling the Modern Workforce Zoom is working
to arm customers with innovative technology solutions designed to
create new opportunities for business growth. Future potential
- Zoom Video Engagement Center (VEC): Connect your experts with
your customers on video to create engaging experiences where they
can build rapport and trust, and share expertise in a structured
and immersive virtual environment. With industry-specific
solutions, Zoom VEC will offer the same cloud-first scalability and
trusted video architecture customers have come to expect from
- Zoom Whiteboard: Today’s hybrid, remote and colocated workforce
relies on collaboration tools to be efficient and productive, and
the goal for Zoom Whiteboard is to set a new standard for working
smarter, together. We envision that Zoom Whiteboard will act as a
digital canvas, enabling seamless, real-time and asynchronous
collaboration, with the ability to interact with the whiteboard
similar to an in-person experience, creating more visually engaging
and efficient meeting experiences.
- Zoom & Oculus Team Up: Zoom will be teaming up with Horizon
Workrooms to bring the physical and virtual world together using
Zoom. The goal is to allow users to access their Zoom Whiteboard
and Zoom Meetings within the virtual Workrooms environment when
this ships next year. With this collaboration, we aim to let people
immerse themselves into the Zoom Whiteboard no matter what device
they join from, all while in a Zoom meeting.
- Live Translation and Transcription: Zoom meetings will become
even more inclusive with the addition of real time, automated
translation, as well as expansion of its existing live
transcription, with support for multiple languages coming later
next year. Zoom connects users across borders and continents, and
these live transcription and translation features will create
endless opportunities by bridging the communications gap across
language barriers as well.
- Zoom Rooms Smart Gallery: Zoom is committed to enabling the
modern workforce. To foster a more inclusive hybrid, remote and
colocated work experience, we plan to expand use cases of Zoom
Rooms Smart Gallery for meeting spaces of all sizes by creating
individual video feeds of in-room participants, so they’re viewed
clearly and equally by remote employees.
- Hot Desking: Zoom’s envisioned hot desking solution, available
later this year, will allow employees to reserve desks and spaces
in their offices using an interactive map and enable easy
authentication to bring your personal Zoom experience to any Zoom
Rooms or Zoom Phone appliance.
- Platform Security: Security and privacy are cornerstones of the
Zoom platform. To empower customers to provision and manage their
own encryption keys, Zoom is developing a Bring Your Own Key (BYOK)
offering, with an initial beta planned for later this year.
Additionally, Zoom plans to extend End-to-end encryption (E2EE) to
Zoom Phone, potentially enabling users to upgrade to E2EE during
one-on-one phone calls that occur via the Zoom client in the coming
Connecting Workstreams Zoom is virtually
replicating the various ways we interact in real life, and beyond.
Zoom Meetings, Chat, Webinars and Phone all work together as one
unified communications solution, with the ability to navigate
- Zoom Apps are built to optimize meeting workflows. Later
this year, we plan to make integration of Zoom Apps available
throughout the platform, including Zoom Apps for Webinars, Zoom
Apps for Mobile, and immersive apps, which will enable even more
immersive and collaborative app experiences.
- Zoom Chat Huddle View will potentially provide a visual layout
of channels to give teams a sense of connectedness while working
virtually. Channel members will potentially be able to choose a
unique virtual background of their choice, chat, easily see who is
in the channel, and quickly identify if they are busy or available,
bringing teams together in a whole new way.
- Zoom Phone Video Voicemails is planned to provide a more
personable alternative to standard voicemails with the ability to
leave video messages for colleagues, right into their voicemail
- Zoom Continuous Collaboration could make it easier to
collaborate across tools with tighter integrations across the Zoom
platform and third parties. With these planned enhancements, users
would benefit from the ability to share files, recordings and chats
from Zoom Meetings to Zoom Chat for easy reference and
collaboration on documents and integration with file sharing
solutions - all without having to leave the Zoom client.
- Zoom Widget is planned to provide a view at-a-glance schedule,
that could enable users to see who is already in the meeting, and
notify the host using Zoom Chat if they are running late. For
people in back-to-back meetings, Zoom Widget will help them manage
time, expectations, and keep their teammates in the know.
These planned innovations will help to create a more efficient,
collaborative, and engaging user experience, while also simplifying
processes by connecting and organizing workstreams.
Social Impact and Zoomtopia Awards
- Zoom Cares, Zoom’s social impact arm, announced $2 million of
new funding to a collection of eight global nonprofits supporting
mental health among native, LGBTQ, and young people of color who
have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and systemic
racism. Zoom organized a team of seven global experts as part of
its participatory grantmaking process to collaboratively decide on
the nonprofits and distribution of donations.
- Zoom is honoring select customers who made tremendous efforts
to combat COVID-19 with the Zoom Delivering Hope Awards. By
activating their networks, leveraging their resources, and sharing
their expertise, these organizations had a massive impact on the
global collective effort against the coronavirus.
- Every year at Zoomtopia, the company highlights the creative
and unique ways its customers are using Zoom with the Zoomtopia
Innovation Awards. The contest recognizes the Zoom customers that
most embody innovation, inspiration, and creativity in using Zoom
Zoomtopia, powered by Zoom Events Conference, features over 75
educational sessions, over 100 thought-provoking speakers, business
leaders and celebrity appearances, and opportunities to network,
collaborate, and learn, visit Zoomtopia.com to register and attend.
The statements contained here are for informational purposes only.
Any services, products or functionality referenced that are not
currently available are subject to change at Zoom’s sole discretion
and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who
purchase from Zoom should make their purchase decisions based upon
currently available pricing, features and functions.
About ZoomZoom is for you. We help you express
ideas, connect to others, and build toward a future limited only by
your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the
only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set
the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an
intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for individuals, small
businesses, and large enterprises alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is
publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose,
California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.
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