Zoom seems like a highly praised video & audio conferencing service, but what is it exactly? Why would you even want to switch from Skype or another video chat solution to Zoom? How does Zoom Meeting work, after all?
Let’s try to give an answer to these questions below.
How Does Zoom Meeting Work?
Zoom basically is your regular video calling and conferencing app on steroids. Non-business video call apps do share some features with Zoom – HD video, audio, or screen sharing – but Zoom has a few things that make it stand out from solutions designed for personal use.
In fact, it’s arguably better than many other enterprise-oriented solutions like WebEx or GoToMeeting, though this will depend on your needs.
Among the features that Zoom Meeting offers are:
- Up to 1,000-participant meetings.
- Role assignment to participants.
- Meeting scheduling.
- Local & cloud meeting recording with transcripts.
- Collaboration tools like co-annotations or whiteboarding.
- Group messaging.
- Multi-screen sharing.
- Remote control of another participant’s screen.
Basically, Zoom Meeting is an enterprise solution aimed at delivering seamless conferencing and collaboration experience. It’s not exactly aimed at personal use since it’s arguably overkilling for it, though there is a free plan available for use by anyone.
At the very basics, Zoom allows you to:
- Start meetings as a host and invite others.
- Schedule meetings.
- Join Zoom meetings without signing up with Zoom.
Zoom offers many other services like Zoom Rooms for local conferencing or Video Webinars for up to 10,000 attendees which are designed to enhance businesses’ collaboration experience, but they are separate from the base Zoom Meetings service.
How does Zoom ensure safety?
At the base of Zoom Meeting’s security is Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption along with AES 256-bit encryption. If you didn’t know, the US National Security Agency approved the 256-bit AES algorithm for top-secret information. This should be demonstrative enough of how safe Zoom is.
With paid plans, Zoom also provides role assignment, allowing you to provide access control to those who you trust. This also should allow an extra layer of security.
Zoom Meetings pricing
Zoom Meetings has 4 plans available – Basic, Pro, Business, and Enterprise – which we covered in-depth in a few of our posts.
The Basic plan is completely free, and it does provide solid functionality for small businesses or teams. However, for large-scale use, you will need to buy one of the paid plans. They are not that expensive though, and they do deliver a lot for the money.
The paid plans cost as follows:
- Pro costs $14.99 per month per host if bought monthly or $12.49 if bought annually.
- Business costs $19.99 per month per host if bought monthly or $16.66 if bought annually, but it requires you to buy at least 10 licenses.
- Enterprise again costs $19.99 per month per host, but it requires you to buy at least 50 licenses.
What platforms is Zoom available on?
Zoom is available on:
Zoom Meetings also provides some functionality at their web portal, but you do need to have the desktop client or mobile app to start or join meetings.