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Zoom Cloud Meetings is a great online meeting platform. It is mainly used for business conferences, when live communication is not possible, and for distance learning. The second scenario is especially relevant at the present time, because part of all schools, colleges, universities, and other studies are closed to the public. In this article, we will analyze the key features of Zoom, the installation procedure for different platforms, registration, first launch, and setup.

Live meetings are not always possible, and without them, doing business and learning becomes difficult. Zoom allows you to organize such meetings on the Internet. A general conference is created to which participants are invited. It can be an online lesson, a work briefing, or even a banal friendly conversation, but with some peculiarities.Video meeting in Zoom

Zoom benefits

  • For simple meetings up to 40 minutes, the platform is completely free.
  • One-on-one communication, for example, a student with a tutor.
  • Set a sound signal when new messages are delivered.
  • Lot of tools for online collaboration: remote control of the screen, use of virtual elements, additional modules, etc.
  • Folding the Zoom window to the taskbar and tray, or only to the tray when the program is closed.
  • Record a separate audio file for each presenter.
  • Support for all modern devices (PCs, smartphones, and tablets).Various Zoom versions
  • Set an avatar so that the participants of the Zoom conference will recognize you.
  • Download Zoom and share files with meeting attendees.
  • Connection without entering a password. Follow the link and immediately join the training.
  • Good quality broadcasts, video from the camera is output in HD (720p).HD mode in settings
  • Archive of past events in the cloud. Subscribe to a paid subscription and store up to 1GB of meeting videos in .mp4 or .m4a format in the cloud.
  • Ability to comment on information during screen sharing.
  • Choose a light or dark chat theme.
  • Ability to add the date and time of the broadcast to the video.
  • Meeting can be protected by the password.
  • Turns full screen mode on and off.
  • Connecting a virtual background if there is a green screen (chroma key) or simple backgroun.
  • 3G mobile Internet is not a hindrance. The Zoom platform works stably even with a low Internet connection speed.
  • Zoom allows you to send private messages to members.
  • Displays the connection time of the participant.
  • Integration with external services. Integrate the Zoom platform with events and contacts in Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Manager.
  • And much more.

Pros and cons of Zoom

Pros

  • Block unwanted chat users.
  • Highlighting the names of participants in the video image.
  • Setting up notifications about the imminent start of a conference in Zoom.
  • Configuring hotkeys to make it easier to work with the program.Keyboard Shortcuts settings
  • Work in the Zoom app on two monitors.
  • Adding and saving subtitles.
  • The ability to join the conversation through the invitation link in the browser.

Cons

  • The time limit in the free version of the program forces you to reconnect to the meeting after 40 minutes.
  • A monthly subscription to a paid plan is less convenient than a one-time payment.
  • Numerous settings in the personal account on the official website zoom.us and in the application on the computer scare inexperienced users.
  • Program settings on a computer and a smartphone are different. For example, mobile users can change their first name, last name and password in the application, while PC users can only change it on the official website.
  • High consumption of internet traffic, when HD mode enabled.

Plans and subscriptions

After registering in Zoom, the user is provided with a basic plan, which is completely free. But it also has limitations:

  • The duration of a group meeting is no more than 40 minutes.
  • The number of participants is 100 or less.

There are also paid packages: «Pro», «Business» and «Enterprise». They already have advanced capabilities. But it makes sense to purchase them only for the organizers of the conferences, for ordinary participants there is no point in them.Zoom plans and prices

The most detailed information about subscriptions and prices you can find on this page.

Comparison with other programs

Zoom Skype Discord Microsoft Teams
Developer / country Zoom Video Communications, Inc., USA Microsoft, USA Discord, Inc., USA Microsoft, USA
Official site zoom.us www.skype.com discord.com www.microsoft.com
Current version 5.5.4 8.68.0.86 0.0.306 1.3.00.3564
OS support mac OS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android mac OS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android mac OS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
Windows distribution 14.5 MB 66.7 Mb 59.7 Mb 116 MB
Windows application weight 61.8 Mb 247 MB 195 MB 437 MB
English language Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtual background Yes not not Yes
Video enhancements Yes not not not
Video conferencing without installation and registration Yes not not Yes
System load low high average average
Integration with the calendar Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar Outlook calendar not Outlook calendar
Paid subscription cost Pro $ 14.99 per month,
Business $ 19.99 per month,
Enterprise $ 19.99 per month
Is free Nitro $ 9.99 per month Microsoft Office 365 for family (Home) for 1 year – 4000 R.
Microsoft Office 365 Personal (Personal) 1 year – 3089 Р
Maximum size of transferred files there is no data up to 300 Mb up to 8 Mb 2 GB
Limit on the number of conference participants 100 people 25 people no information 350
Limiting conference time 40 minutes not limited not limited 4 hours
Conference recording in free version Yes Yes not Yes
Screen demonstration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Group video calling in the free version Yes Yes Yes Yes
Security 256-bit AES encryption private conversations no information Network communication in Teams is encrypted by default. With the requirement for all servers to use certificates and the use of OAUTH, TLS, SRTP, all Teams data on the network is protected.
Subjective assessment of the design and usability of the interface Flexible settings, but unusual and overloaded interface. Inexperienced users have difficulty turning on the sound and camera. User-familiar interface, basic functions. A convenient application, but the functions on the site are poorly described. Useful functionality to improve sound quality, such as noise cancellation. Ample opportunities for teamwork

Zoom installation

Developers support a version of the program for a computer, as well as a mobile application.

How to install Zoom on your computer

Currently, the developers support three operating systems: Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This means that each of them is suitable for connecting to online meetings and creating them.

First, there are installation instructions, and then – joining meetings and registration.

Windows

Step-by-step instruction:

  1. Go to Zoom official site by this link.
  2. Click on the first «Download» button.Download Zoom from official site
  3. Save and open file ZoomInstaller.exe.
  4. Wait for the procedure to complete.

An icon to start the program will appear on the desktop and in the Start menu. And it itself will open automatically for the first time.

Mac OS

Installation instructions:

  1. Open application download page.
  2. Click on the top button «Download».Download Zoom for Mac from official site
  3. Save file Zoom.pkg.
  4. And then open it.
  5. Click on «Continue» in the window that appears.Continue button in Zoom installation window
  6. Choose user and click «Continue» second time.
  7. And then – on «Install».Install button in Zoom installation window
  8. Enter the password for the user account when prompted.
  9. Confirm procedure.
  10. Close the installation window.

Linux

To download Zoom for computers and laptops with various Linux distributions, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal. As usual, you can do it by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T.
  2. Run the command sudo apt install gdebi.gdebi installing command in Ubuntu
  3. Enter admin password.
  4. Next, launch any browser such as Mozilla Firefox.
  5. Go to this page.
  6. Specify the distribution kit and version of Linux that you are using.
  7. Click the «Download» button.Download Zoom for Ubuntu
  8. Save and run the suggested file.
  9. In the application unpacker, click on the install button.Install Zoom for Ubuntu
  10. Enter the superuser password when prompted.

Now wait for the unpacking of the program and launch it as usual.

Installing Zoom on a mobile phone

Zoom platform is available for Android and iOS. It is installed according to the following principle:

  1. Launch «Google Play» or «App Store» on your device.
  2. Activate the search form located at the top of the screen or in a separate tab.Search form in Google Play
  3. Enter Zoom in text form.
  4. Open app page.
  5. Start the installation procedure.Install Zoom in Google Play
  6. And then open application.

As with a computer, Zoom registration is only required for conferences. So we will look at it a little later. First, the connection instructions:

  1. In the main window, tap on the highlighted button:Join a Meeting button
  2. Enter the Meeting ID.
  3. The field below is the display name.
  4. Set up your sound (microphone) and camera.
  5. Tap on «Login to …».
  6. Next, enter the password for access (the conference creator will say it) and finish procedure.

You will now be able to chat and interact with other members.

Well, if you want to get additional features, including for creating conferences, then create an account:

  1. Open the Zoom mobile app.
  2. Tap on the «Sign up» button.Sign Up button
  3. Set your date of birth on the new page.
  4. Now enter your own email address, first and last name.
  5. And then tap on «Sign Up».Sign Up button on registration page
  6. Open your email address and read new letter from Zoom.
  7. Activate account using special link.Activate account from email
  8. Confirm password in browser.
  9. Skip step with inviting other people on page Don’t Zoom Alone.Skip this step button on page Don't Zoom Alone
  10. Finish registration.
  11. Now in the mobile application tap «Sign In» and log in to the new account.

Join a Zoom Meeting

Registration is not necessary, if you only need to connect Zoom Meeting once. It is enough to follow these steps:

  1. In the welcome window of the program, click on the «Join a Meeting» button. It is highlighted in blue.Join a Meeting button on PC
  2. In the form that appears, enter the Meeting ID in the first field.
  3. The second is the user’s display name.
  4. There is no point in touching the «Remember my name …» checkbox.
  5. But activate «Do not connect to audio» or «Turn off my video» if it is necessary.
  6. Click on «Join».Join Meeting on PC
  7. Now enter the password (the creator of the conference knows it) and click on the blue button.

It remains to wait for the connection to the server and confirmation from the admin.

The program interface itself is quite simple. The most important buttons are located in the lower left corner. The microphone and camera are turned on and off there. And if you click on the «arrow», then you can select the output device.Setting mic and webcam device in meeting on PC

Zoom registration

Zoom registration is necessary when you plan to regularly use the application as a platform for training, communication, business meetings, or you need to organize meeting yourself.

Step by step instruction:

  1. Run the program on your computer.
  2. Click on the «Sign In» button.Sign In button on PC
  3. Next, click on the «Sign Up Free». It will open https://zoom.us/signup page in the browser.
  4. Enter your date of birth and click «Continue».Confirmig date of birth in browser
  5. Now enter a valid email address and click on the «Sign Up» button.
  6. Open new letter from Zoom in your email.
  7. Use «Activate account» button.Activate account from email
  8. Complete registration
  9. Skip inviting colleagues.Skip this step button on page Don't Zoom Alone

The registration procedure is finihed. Open Zoom on your computer or laptop again and click on «Sign In». Enter the email address and password for the account you just created and click on the blue button.Signing in account on PC

Now you can not only connect to existing conferences, but also organize your own.

Registration via social networks

Instructions for authorization via Google and Facebook accounts:

  1. Run the installed Zoom program.
  2. Select «Sign in with…» on the «Sign In» page.Sign in with option on PC
  3. Confirm login. If necessary, enter the password for the selected account.

Done – the authorization is completed, a window of the program ready to work will appear on the screen. Similarly, you can log in to another computer or smartphone/tablet.

Download Zoom

Below you can download the current version of Zoom for computers and mobile devices on different operating systems, as well as extensions for popular browsers.

PC

OS-X Windows

OS-X Mac OS

linux-ico Linux

Mobile device

android-1 Android

android-1 APK for Android

iOS iOS

Zoom browser extension

chrome Google chrome

firefox Firefox

Zoom Rooms Controller

android-1 Android

iOS iOS

windows-1 Windows

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