Zoom, Your Lens To New Normal Socializing

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August 3, 2020,

New beginnings proliferate in unprecedented times that have shelved much of the traditional.

For many of us, the most social that we have ever been was when we were teenagers.

Often it was so up close and personal.

That’s what made it so fun.

Many a teenage experience blossomed in the theater of a car, sometimes at the theaters.

We have a different teen theater now. Actually quite a few of them, now they just take place for you at home on video.

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Skype is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches over the Internet.

Skype also provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit text, video, audio and images. Skype allows video conference calls.

At the end of 2010, there were over 660 million worldwide users, with over 300 million estimated active each month as of August 2015. At one point in February 2012, there were 34 million users concurrently online on Skype.

How popular is it now?

In March 2020, Skype was used by 100 million people on a monthly basis and by 40 million people on a daily basis. That was a 70% increase in the number of daily users from the previous month, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Skype allows users to communicate over the Internet by voice, using a microphone, by video using a webcam, and by instant messaging.

A friend in our circle tried to use Skype for the first time, coordinating it with the Assisted Living Facility where her parent is cared for, and found that because she didn’t have a microphone on her computer, it didn’t work.

We suggested she try using Zoom.

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. is an American communications technology company headquartered in San Jose, California.

It provides videotelephony and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations.

We found the following to be really true.

Zoom’s business strategy focuses on providing an easier to use product than competitors, as well as cost savings, which include minimizing computational costs at the infrastructure level and having a high degree of employee efficiency.

Zoom’s aggressive revenue growth, and perceived ease-of-use and reliability of its software, resulted in a $1 billion valuation in 2017.

Beginning in early 2020, Zoom’s software usage saw a significant global increase following the introduction of quarantine measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So what are the major differences between Skype and Zoom?

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The team at androidauthority.com educate, “Zoom vs Skype are the closest competitors of their kind. They are both great options, but Zoom is the more complete solution for business users and work-related purposes.”

We’ve found that to be true.

The group at techradar.com adds, “Not only does it provide HD video and audio, but it can support up to 1,000 participants at the same time, and up to 49 videos on a single screen, though such large gatherings are probably best suited to big-screen monitors. … Meetings can also be escalated into one-on-one calls.”

With Zoom, all plans allow up to 100 participants by default in every meeting (up to 500 with Large Meeting add-on).

Zoom offers a full-featured Basic Plan for free with unlimited meetings. You can try Zoom for as long as you like, as there is no trial period.

It all sounds so good. Thus far it has been great. Now?

It’s going to get even better. Listen in on this new announcement.

Prezi Launches Prezi Video App For Zoom

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Integration Allows Remote Business Teams to Add Newscast-Style Graphics Into Video Conferences.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Prezi, a global leader in video and visual communication tools, today announced an integration with Zoom to launch an app for interactive video platform Prezi Video in the Zoom App Marketplace. Prezi Video allows users to present visual content within the same screen as their face in Zoom video meetings, providing visual engagement and human connection throughout.

“We’re excited to have the Prezi Video integration go live on our Zoom App Marketplace,” said Aleks Swerdlow, Marketplace Product Marketing at Zoom Video Communications, Inc. “We’re always looking for ways to help our customers do more with Zoom, and Prezi Video gives them the ability to overlay their visuals directly on their Zoom meetings for more engaging video conferences.”

“Zoom creates a human connection through video and Prezi Video allows users to maintain that connection while they present their visual content – this is a terrific alignment,” said Jim Szafranski, CEO at Prezi.

Key Prezi Video audiences include: business teams, who use Prezi Video for live video meetings, all-hands meetings, webinars, trainings, virtual conferences, agendas, demos, and announcements; and teachers, who use Prezi Video to make online learning more engaging for students with interactive lessons.

Prezi Video App For Zoom: Key Features
Prezi Video’s quick-editing capabilities let users overlay visuals onto the screen next to their faces, for more impactful Zoom video conferences. After installing the Prezi Video app from the Zoom App Marketplace, customers can log into their Zoom account, authorize the connection, then are redirected to the Prezi Video app.

Users can either start a new meeting or join an existing one by providing its link or meeting ID, and the password if necessary. Once joined into the meeting, users see both themselves and their content in the Zoom feed. See the demo videos for Mac or Windows for more information.

Prezi Video is now available worldwide on the Zoom App Marketplace. For more information on Prezi Video, please visit www.prezi.com/video/.

About Prezi
Prezi is a leading video and visual communications company whose products can be shared live, on video conferences, online and via chat. Prezi tools bring together the user’s content into one dynamic, virtual space – for video (Prezi Video), presentations (Prezi Present) and graphics (Prezi Design). Founded in 2009, Prezi has offices in San Francisco, Budapest, and Riga, with a community of over 100 million users. Prezi’s investors include Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and TED conferences. For more information, please visit www.prezi.com.


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