Popular video conferencing platform Zoom has added new features across desktop, iPad, and Zoom Phone. The company has added improvements in terms of the release of Focus Mode, enhancements to the Zoom Phone dashboard, Zoom Chat sidebar enhancements, and more.
Zoom’s focus mode is being aimed at virtual classrooms and the company says that it will help teachers in keeping their classroom distractions free. In the Focus Mode, meeting participants are only able to see themselves, the host/co-hosts, and the content they are sharing.
Transfer meeting from mobile to desktop
Zoom will now allow users to seamlessly transition a meeting from mobile to desktop and back to mobile.
Limit screen sharing for meetings with external participants
Zoom will prevent the sharing of sensitive information by allowing admins to apply restrictions to specific users or to groups that prevent them from screen sharing when a guest participant (a user external to the host’s account) joins a meeting. These users will still be able to screen share when there are no guest participants.
Automatic reactions from gesture recognition
Zoom says that it will allow iPad users to automatically recognise reactions such as a raised hand or Thumbs Up, to corresponding meeting reactions.
Chat sidebar enhancements
Zoom says that the Chat sidebar will allow users to streamline the user experience as it has added clear markers that note whether a channel is public or private. It has updated the Zoom Chat sidebar to display fewer chats and channels per group and it has expanded the Zoom Chat sidebar to make users able to see more chats and channels.
Zoom Phone features
As for the Zoom Phone updates, those with shared lines will be able to enable privacy features that prevent others from barging, listening, taking over a call, picking up a held call, or whispering. This feature will require client version 5.7.6 or higher and will not work with desk phones.