Zoom has added some new features with its latest update this week for desktop, iPad and Zoom Phone. This includes a new focus mode, the ability to transfer meetings from mobile to desktop, limit screen sharing to meetings with external participants, and automatic gesture recognition reactions for iPad users who can now use ‘Raise your hand’ and ‘Thumbs Up’ reaction to make video calling more organic. The feature-rich update also brings improvements to the chat sidebar as well as a new admin experience.
To improve the video calling experience, which will likely continue to be crucial for the foreseeable future, Zoom has added several new features with its latest update. Focus Mode is designed with educators in mind and allows attendees to see only themselves, the host / co-presenters and the content they are sharing. Hosts and co-hosts can also choose to view all participants simultaneously in a gallery view.
Zoom users can now also transfer their calls from desktop to cell phones and vice versa without logging out. Administrators can now apply restrictions to specific users or groups to prevent them from sharing the screen when a participant joins a meeting as a ‘guest’. Users will still be able to share their screens when there are no invited participants.
iPad users can now make use of new gestures like ‘Raise hand’ and ‘Thumb up’ during a Zoom call. The Raise Hand virtual gesture shows an icon in your window – visible to other participants – indicating that you have a question or something to share and that you need to turn on the sound.
Zoom Chat sidebar changes include markers that identify whether a channel is private or public. Now shows fewer chats and channels per group. The chat sidebar can be expanded to see more channels and chats.
In terms of Zoom Phone updates, those with shared lines can enable a privacy feature that prevents others from barging in, listening, answering a call, answering a held call or whispering. This feature requires client version 5.7.6 or higher and does not work with desktop phones. Administrators will now be able to see more metrics associated with call queues – they can see the top 10 extensions by call usage, such as inbound, outbound and internal calls, or details on minute usage.