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Creating Breakout Rooms from Polls

With Zoom version 5.13.5 and up, you can automatically assign your meeting participants to Breakout Rooms based on their responses to a poll question. Whether you build your polls ahead of time or with the meeting in progress, just check the box for “Create Breakout Rooms.” Then in the course of your meeting, after your […]

Upgraded Zoom Features for the New Year

Several popular Zoom features sport a new look and enhanced capabilities as we enter the new year, with client version 5.13.3 introducing updates to avatars, live transcription and in-meeting polls. Speaker Attribution for Live Automated Captions When viewing automated captions in a live meeting, the speaker’s profile picture will now appear next to the caption […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Joining Meetings Via Phone

Although Zoom is designed as a video conferencing solution, it is possible to join meetings via telephone as an audio-only participant. The standard wording of a Zoom Meeting invitation includes multiple dial-in numbers for phone-based participants to choose from based on their geographic location. When joining via phone, you’ll be greeted by an auto-attendant that […]

Advanced Polling Options

Zoom versions 5.8.3 and higher provide advanced options for user polls. Previously, hosts were able to pose multiple choice questions with one or more possible correct answers. Now, you can also create polls that include “matching” questions, rank-ordered responses, or short or long text responses. Please note that in order for this to work, you […]

Auto-Update feature in Zoom 5.8.6

Version 5.8.6 of the Zoom desktop client became available on Nov 29.  Among other (mostly minor) changes, this version adds an “auto update” feature that’s enabled by default.  If you choose to install the update, a pop-up window lets you choose the frequency for updates, or disable the feature by un-checking a box. Note: If […]

How to Give Control Of Your Slideshow to Participants

With Zoom versions 5.8.3 and higher, you can allow your meeting participants to control slideshows shared from your computer. This is a helpful feature in situations where you may be hosting a slideshow for a presenter who doesn’t have it loaded on their own device, or when sharing a turn-based group presentation where multiple participants […]

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