Zoom takes a step towards virtual reality meetings

Zoom announced on September 13, during its annual conference, several new features for its video conferencing platform. One of the main features is the automatic translation in real time in 12 languages, as well as the automatic transcription in other languages ​​besides English (about 30), scheduled for next year. The translation will only be available for paid accounts.

Association with Oculus
For those who are fed up with video conferencing, it will soon be possible to replace it with avatars. In fact, Zoom has introduced a partnership with Facebook, through the integration of Zoom Whiteboard and Zoom Meetings in Horizon Workrooms in 2022. Horizon Workrooms is a remote collaboration solution in virtual reality, accessible with the Oculus Quest 2 viewer, or through a web interface, which was launched in beta by Facebook last August.

The platform also plans to extend end-to-end encryption to Zoom Phone, the company’s VoIP solution, to secure voice communications transmitted through the software.

New whiteboard, video messages, events.
Other new features include the redesign of the Whiteboard tool, which enables real-time or asynchronous collaboration even outside of meetings; the possibility of leaving video messages in the voicemail of colleagues; a widget to easily access a calendar and send reminders to people who are late for a meeting; individual video streams for different meeting participants; an office and meeting room reservation tool; and a service called Zoom Events Conference, available this fall, that will allow remote conference planners to add features to their event, such as lobbying, chat, networking, and polling.

The platform thus continues its momentum, driven by the health crisis and the successive blockades that have triggered the demand for teleworking solutions. “In the past year alone, we released hundreds of new features, enhanced existing features, and significantly improved our capabilities,” said Eric Yuan, founder and president of Zoom.

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