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TIP: What is Zoom and why has it become popular suddenly?

Over the past two months, an app called Zoom has become increasingly popular. So popular in fact that it has added more than 200 million active users in the past complete of months. Yes, you read that right.

Zoom is an app that enables people to hold meetings virtually over the internet – that is a video conference app.

The reason it has become popular is that it has become the preferred tool for online meetings and Webinars (a seminar done via the web) by many companies and individuals in business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for why it beat other similar apps like Google Hangouts, Skype, and Webex it is because Zoom calls are extremely clear even when the internet connection is not very good. Zoom also created the app to be extremely easy to use.

As a communication tool, you can think of it as WhatsApp group calls for business, except much much better. Zoom calls are very clear

Ofcourse no one stops you from using it for non-business purposes.

Things you can do with Zoom

  • Do one on one meetings
  • Do a group call with colleagues
  • Do a group video call
  • Share a screen during the call
  • Record whole call for sharing later

How to download Zoom

Zoom works on Android phones, iPhones, iPads, Windows computers, and Macs.

It is also available as a plugin or extension to enhance existing apps with Zoom features. Apps such as:

  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Firefox Browser
  • Chrome Browser
  • IBM Notes
  • Skype for Business

You can be download Zoom and the various plugins here: https://zoom.us/download

Is Zoom Free?

The quick answer is that Zoom can be used for free. You can download and start using Zoom without paying anything or entering a credit card.

You can do so both as a company and as an individual. In fact, at work, we use Zoom for free. There’s only one limitation when using Zoom for free- your meetings can only be 45 minutes long. Essentially, after 45 minutes your meeting ends. You can however just restart the meeting for another 45 minutes.

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