Zoom has added some new options with its newest replace this week for desktop, iPad, and Zoom Telephone. These embrace a brand new Focus Mode, the power to switch conferences from cell to desktop, limiting screen-sharing for conferences with exterior individuals, and automated reactions from gesture recognition for iPad customers, who can now use ‘Increase Hand’ and ‘Thumbs Up’ response to make the video name really feel extra natural. The feature-rich replace additionally brings chat sidebar enhancements in addition to a brand new admin expertise.
To enhance the video-calling expertise, which is able to possible stay essential for the foreseeable future, Zoom has added a number of new options with its newest replace. Focus Mode has been designed with educators in thoughts and permits individuals to solely have the ability to see themselves, the host/ co-hosts, and the content material they’re sharing. Hosts and co-hosts may also select to view all of the individuals concurrently in a gallery view.
Zoom customers can now additionally switch their calls from desktop to cellphones and again with out disconnecting. Admins can now apply restrictions to particular customers or teams to cease them from screen-sharing when a participant joins a gathering as a ‘visitor’. Customers will nonetheless have the ability to share their screens when there aren’t any visitor individuals.
iPad customers can now make use of recent gestures like ‘Increase Hand’ and ‘Thumbs Up’ throughout a Zoom name. The Increase Hand digital gesture reveals an icon in your window — seen to different individuals — indicating that you’ve a query or one thing to share and that it’s essential be unmuted.
The Zoom Chat sidebar adjustments embrace markers that establish if a channel is personal or public. It now reveals fewer chats and channels per group. The chat sidebar could be expanded to see extra channels and chats.
By way of Zoom Telephone updates, these with shared strains can allow a privateness characteristic that forestalls others from barging, listening, taking on a name, selecting up a held name, or whispering. This characteristic requires shopper model 5.7.6 or increased and won’t work with desk telephones. Admins will now have the ability to see extra metrics related to name queues — they’ll view the highest 10 extensions by name utilization equivalent to inbound, outbound, and inside calls, or particulars on minutes utilization.
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