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Broadcasting Your Voice to Breakout Rooms

Even with your participants split up into multiple Zoom Breakout Rooms, it’s still possible for you to communicate messages to them from the main meeting area. Recent versions of the Zoom software allow hosts to send text-based messages to all participants and the latest version, 5.11.9, allows you to broadcast spoken messages via microphone. To […]

Zoom is ending support for 32-bit iOS devices

The Zoom software client version due for release this week will be the first that is not available for installation on 32-bit iOS devices. Among the devices affected are the iPhone 5/5C and below, iPad (4th generation and below) and iPad mini. The highest version supported on these devices will continue to be 5.11.3. It […]

Update to Zoom version 5.3 or higher by Aug. 6

We’ve just been informed that on August 6, 2022, Zoom will be retiring Zoom client versions below 5.3.0 to address a critical security vulnerability. If you are running a Zoom client version below 5.3.0, you will need to update it by August 6. Anyone running versions older than 5.3.0 will not be able to join […]

Large Scale Zoom Outage Resolved

Sometime shortly after 10AM today, Zoom experienced an outage that affected multiple customers including VCU. During this outage, in-progress meetings were unaffected but it was not possible for users to log in at the VCU portal. Function was restored after about a half-hour of down time. At this time, it’s still unknown what caused the […]

Temporary outage for VPN users (resolved)

Some users of VCU Zoom (and various other applications) may have experienced difficulty this morning accessing their accounts. The issue should only have affected off-campus users who were logged into the VPN client while attempting to access applications that rely on the Central Authentication Service. Anyone not on the VPN when logging in at vcu.zoom.us […]

Changes to Meeting “Registration” feature

In an effort to improve the security of Zoom Meetings and Webinars, attendees who register for events will no longer see the join link and related information (meeting passcode, etc) displayed on the registration confirmation page in their web browser. Attendees will receive an email confirmation at the address they entered when registering, and this […]

New “Whiteboard” and “Saved Polls” Features

VCU Zoom users can now take advantage of two newly enhanced features. The first is Zoom’s new “Whiteboard” collaboration tool. With it, you can create whiteboards that include text, drawings, “sticky notes” or images and share them with collaborators in or outside of your meetings. This could be useful for projects that evolve over longer […]

New Features offered with Zoom 5.10.0

The latest version of the Zoom desktop client (5.10.0) adds several new features of interest: Avatars With this new feature, users can replace their camera view with an animated avatar. Zoom uses your device’s camera to detect your face and applies a selected avatar effect, matching your mouth and head movements, eye blinks, etc. Hosts have […]

Customizing Your Waiting Room

You now have the ability to customize your Zoom Waiting Room beyond the default formatting. By default, guests who arrive to a meeting with Waiting Room enabled are presented with a generic “Please Wait” message. Now you can customize this message for a more personalized experience. To make use of this feature, log into your […]

Zoom Downtime Planned for 3/19

On Saturday, March 19 between 8 and 10 PM (EST), VCU Zoom will be undergoing necessary maintenance by the vendor.  During this time, it will not be possible to log in at the VCU Zoom portal to start or join meetings.   The vendor is hopeful this work will be completed in less than the requested two […]

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