APP OF THE MONTH: ZOOM
|Name||ZOOM Cloud Meetings|
|Product Description||The perfect app for lockdown! For all your meeting needs whether you miss your friends and want to stay in touch or you’re still trying to run your business and keep all your colleagues informed and up to date.|
|Availability||Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and on your PC/Mac.|
|Key Features||· Meetings – Including online meetings, training and support Zoom has been used for all manner of things this lockdown, from hosting quizzes, lectures, discussions, choir sessions and, my personal favourite, the Ultimate Disney Singalong!
· HD video and audio – It really is the best quality video communicator I have found and through quarantine I’m pretty sure I’ve used them all!
· Mute – This seems like a simple addition, but as the host the ability to mute your attendees means they can hear you clearly and effectively. I’ve run a readthrough over zoom and people can mute themselves when they aren’t talking so the script can be as clear and clean as possible.
· Device Flexibility – They claim to be available on any device and as a user of all devices, from android to apple and back around to windows I am yet to find one it isn’t compatible with.
· Security – Probably not necessary for your family pub quiz but great if you are discussing private or secret information you don’t want getting leaked.
· Calendaring and Integration – It works across your browser and inbuilt software effortlessly. Without even intending to do so, if I schedule a meeting on my Mac it is automatically added to my iCal. It also offers extensions for Microsoft Office, Email and Web Browsers.
· Screen Sharing and Remote Access – If a lot of your team are working from home at the moment then it’s a great way to make sure all company software and hardware is kept up and running. With their screen sharing and remote control your IT maintenance team can keep on helping from home too.
|Prices and Plans||Your basic meeting account is free (hence its increasing popularity throughout lockdown!) It’s paid accounts (with a few more features) range from £11.99 p/m – £15.99 p/m for each individual meeting host.|
|Biggest Pro||The screen sharing and remote control! Yes, it is basically an updated Skype but the easy to use screen share and the ability to remotely control someone’s computer from your own is seamless. It makes life so much easier! Even if you’re only using it to sort out a straightforward technically problem for your Mum, you can save a lot of conversation conflict!|
|Biggest Con||The 40-minute limit on group meetings can be annoying, but the sneaky way around this is to set up a personal meeting so the meeting number and password remain the same. This way after you’re booted out after 40 minutes your party can simply log back in immediately.|
I love Zoom!
And I think everyone will agree with me when I say that this lockdown certainly wouldn’t have been the same without it!