- Zoom has become one of the most popular video conferencing apps for businesses in the world
- Zoom allows for video conferencing between multiple users at a time
- It also brings interesting features such as Breakout zones.
We are living in strange times. The Covid-19 outbreak across the globe has forced small businesses to temporarily shut shop, and even cleared out the sprawling office complexes of multi-billion dollar enterprises of its valued employees.
As a result, millions have found themselves working from home, and relying on video conferencing solutions for carrying out basic meetings with their colleagues and business contacts. While social distancing and work from home have generally been bad for business, it has been good news for Zoom -- a video conferencing app for virtual meetings and hangouts.
While the app had always been popular, its popularity has now soared to greater heights, with the app becoming one of the most downloaded apps on both iOS' App Store and Android's Google Play over the last few weeks. If you're thinking about trying the app, here's how you can get started.
Zoom: Join a meeting without sign-up
To begin with, users need to download the Zoom application on their desktop or smartphone. Once that's done, simply launch the app and choose between Join a Meeting option or Sign In.
The two options work very differently from each other, with the former for those who are connecting with an existing contact who's already set up a Zoom meeting. This option allows users who haven't yet registered to the platform to join a meeting. However, that's only if you have a link or a meeting key ID to join.
Zoom: Create a new meeting
Alternatively, if you are looking to set-up a meeting, Zoom gives you the option to sign in or create a new account and then set-up a meeting for your business contacts. After you have signed up or logged into the platform by following the on-screen steps, head over to the home screen and start the process of setting up a new meeting.
From this screen, users can set-up the meeting in multiple ways, including schedule a future meeting with guests or creating a Zoom meeting and then sharing its address using a link or key to the meeting. This screen can also be used to manage any upcoming meetings and will also show up any meetings set-up by the user with a reminder.
Zoom: Effectively using breakout rooms
One of the most interesting things about Zoom is that it offers a ton of features to its users. While many of them are simple, and something you'd have seen on other apps too, there is one feature that is quite unique and is not available on too many platforms on the web.
Zoom offers the host or the co-host of the meeting the opportunity to create Breakout rooms which essentially helps to create multiple sessions within a single video conference. According to Zoom, there can be 50 such sessions in one meeting, all being moderated by the Zoom meeting host.
The host can make Breakout zones by splitting up the participants of the meeting into separate sessions either automatically or manually, and can also effortlessly switch people between sessions at any time. However, there is a catch. The max number of members across these meetings can be 200.
For creating Breakout rooms, sign in to your account, from there, navigate to "Account Management," click on "Account Settings," and then select "Breakout Room" on the "Meeting" tab. From here just switch the toggle on and off to be able to create Breakout rooms.