Zoom has become very famous and known by everyone in today’s world. This videoconferencing software is being used by a primary school child who is living in a remote village to a CEO of a big corporate company. Zoom is helping everyone to connect with their coworker, friends, family. How zoom become so famous in the year 2020 and not before? Check out this blog for more information on the journey of zoom.
Zoon is an American communications technology company founded in 2011. Popular to provides videotelephony and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and allows an individual to big organizations from any field like educational, financial, health care, and government sectors to conduct virtual meetings and collaborate in real-time using integrated communication tools.
How Zoom Became so famous in 2020? What is the secret behind?
Zoom not become famous because of the pandemic or in just one night. Zoom is a 10-year-old software that has a strong history in the telecommunication field. There is so many software available in the market similar to Zoom but Zoom was different. One of the main reasons to become famous is free of cost and offering 40-minute video conference calls with up to 100 attendees without providing any login or email address. It has easy to use interface which can be operated by even a primary school child. You can invite 100 attendees to your zoom meeting room where the end-users could be anyone from anywhere.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom saw a major increase in usage for remote work, distance education, and online social relations. Thousands of educational institutions all over the world switched to online classes using Zoom. Zoom offered its services for free to K–12 schools in many countries. By February 2020, Zoom had gained 2.22 million users worldwide.
Zoom App was downloaded by 2.13 million times on a single day in March 2020. One of the surveys done by Trustradius, While comparing total impressions of all the products in the Web Conferencing category on TrustRadius, Zoom was clearly leading the pack as the most researched product as shown in the below image.
The below chart shows Zoom’s exponential growth over the year:
Being famous is not easy!!
Zoom is having immense growth and in another way, researchers and journalists have scrutinized the app and found multiple security and privacy risks. People are realizing the free app might come with the cost of giving up their personal data. Again we have been told nothing is free and you have to pay something to get their services. Zoom itself confirmed several breaches and privacy violations that force the company to announce a 90-day freeze on releasing new features and instead it promises to focus on fixing the privacy and security issue.
Notable Zoom features:
Users can utilize HD video and audio to virtually communicate with meeting participants in any video call. Features include unlimited voice and video conferencing, video webinars, virtual workspaces, screen sharing, messaging, and more.
With Zoom’s built-in collaboration tool, employees can share their screens and interact during any online meeting. Users can host unlimited meetings using a free plan. With Zoom’s pro plan, users have access to basic conferencing features, user management, admin controls, reporting, a custom personal meeting ID, and cloud recording. All meetings, passwords, and other data are encrypted end-to-end in the system.
Any Zoom user has the option to utilize virtual backgrounds to create a meeting-ready setting. Users can also track attendee engagement with an attendance indicator feature. Engagement can be improved with polls and Q/A sessions. Zoom makes it easier for users to schedule and kick-off any online meeting by syncing a Zoom account with Outlook, Gmail, or iCal calendars. Zoom’s app, Zoom Cloud Meetings, is available for any iOS and Android mobile device.
Is Zoom safe to use?
Zoom had some security issues – one of which can be used to steal Windows passwords, and another two that can be used to take over a Zoom user’s Mac and tap into the webcam and microphone. Zoom was also alleged for selling user data. Zoom takes a step forward and has taken accountability for many of its security and privacy failings, which is always a positive step and resolved many of the issues.
If you are an individual or a small company, a teacher, or a presenter who is doing a webinar then zoom is fine for you. If you are working for a government, health sector or any confidential matters zoom is not the right software for you. As long as you are not sharing the confidential data you are fine with zoom, you can keep using it.