Zoom has plans to bring its users beyond “Zoom fatigue” as pandemic restrictions lift and we seek more human interaction.
The video conferencing service, which doubled as a vital lifeline along with other video chat tools during the pandemic, announced on Wednesday that it is rolling out new apps and event options.
A Zoom Apps Marketplace has been updated to support over 50 Zoom apps that users can launch via chat.
Apps available, including productivity tool Asana, storage service Dropbox Space, and even games like Heads Up. Zoom says more are in development or coming soon.
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Zoom Events provides an option to host hybrid events directly in Zoom. Hosts are able to manage everything from one-day events to multi-day conferences, before and after issuance of tickets and opening virtual lobbies to visitors.
“These innovations will enhance the way we connect and collaborate with our colleagues, customers, friends, family members and others, thereby improving productivity and collaboration,” said Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of the company. Zoom in on a statement.
Zoom, along with other video chat tools such as Microsoft Teams and Google Meet, were instrumental in helping Americans adapt to life while working remotely. However, as governments lift the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, more employees will likely be working in the office.
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But the use of apps like Zoom is not likely to end. According to a Harris Poll survey conducted in May, 40% of Americans prefer to work from home full time, while another 35% want a hybrid schedule, where they split the time between home and the office.
Apps can also help prevent “zoom fatigue.” A Stanford University study earlier this year attributed this to several reasons, including a lack of mobility and too much close vision.
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