Following last month’s article (the first in our series of monthly app recommendations), our featured app for July is:
What is it?
Zoom is a video conferencing solution which can be used on your desktop, tablet or mobile. It can be used for 1 to 1 video meetings, conference calls or to host webinars.
How much does it cost?
The pricing structure is staggered for different requirements but the basic version is free.
The free version enables 1 host (the person holding the meeting/the account holder) to have group video meetings with up to 100 participants, for up to 40 minutes. The host can arrange as many 1 to 1 meetings as they like (without a time limit)… The 40 minute limit only applies to group meetings of 3+.
Meeting attendees (i.e. people that the host has invited to join), don’t need a Zoom account to participate – they just need a meeting code or link to join.
If required, the meeting host can share their desktop/screen with attendees.
Why we recommend it
- It’s quick and simple to install and use on any device. We’ve generally used it on the I Pad app – which is very intuitive and easy to navigate.
- It has some very clever features. For example, in group meetings, the picture automatically switches to the person that is speaking (i.e. you don’t have lots of small faces on the screen at once – just the face of the person that is talking).
- If the video link fails, or connectivity is poor for an attendee, they can dial into the meeting by telephone using a VOIP number that is generated for the meeting.
- Scheduling meetings and inviting attendees is really easy and looks smart and professional.
- The free version is great but the ‘small business’ version (£11.99 per month per host) also provides an affordable solution with great additional features.