Zoom : What's the difference between a free account and a paid subscription?
| UPDATED:10:51, Thu, May 21, 20200coronaviruslockdown will likely have heard of video conferencing platform Zoom. Zoom allows workers to remotely interact with each other when in-person meetings are simply not possible. Although a free version of Zoom is available, the paid-for subscription offers many more options.
TrendingWhat is Zoom?Zoom is the cloud-based video conferencing service enabling users to virtually interact with others by video, audio or bothThe app also allows users to record sessions to view later.More than half of Fortune 500 companies reportedly used Zoom in 2019 and this number is expected to mushroom following the post-pandemic workplace revolution.
Zoom Meetings refer to a video conferencing meeting which can be joined via a webcam or phone.Zoom Rooms are the physical hardware setup allowing companies to schedule and launch Zoom Meetings from conference rooms.Zoom Rooms require an additional subscription on top of a Zoom subscription and are an ideal solution for larger companies.
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How does Zoom work?Zoom allows one-to-one chat sessions that can grow into group calls, training sessions and webinars for internal and external audiences, and global video meetings with up to 1,000 participants and as many as 49 on-screen videos.The free tier allows unlimited one-on-one meetings but limits group sessions to 40 minutes and 100 participants.
Zoom offers four pricing tiers - (not including a £10 ($15) - per month Zoom Room subscription):Zoom Free:This tier is free and offers an unlimited number of meetings.Group meetings with multiple participants are capped at 40 minutes in length, and meetings cannot be recorded.
Zoom: Zoom Pro costs £11.99 ($14.99) per month and meeting host(Image: Zoom)Zoom Pro:This tier costs £11.99 ($14.99) per month and meeting host.Zoom Pro allows hosts to create personal meeting IDs for repetitive Zoom Meetings, as well as offering meeting recording in the cloud or your device, but it caps group meeting durations at 24 hours.
Zoom Business:This tier costs £15.99 ($19.99) per month and meeting host (10 minimum).Zoom Business lets users brand Zoom meetings with vanity URLs and company branding and offers transcripts of Zoom meetings recorded in the cloud, as well as dedicated customer support.
Zoom Enterprise:This tier costs £15.99 ($19.99) per month and per meeting host (100 minimum) and is meant for businesses with 1,000 plus employees.Zoom Enterprise offers unlimited cloud storage for recordings, a customer success manager and discounts on webinars and Zoom Rooms.
Zoom Rooms:Should you want to set up Zoom Rooms, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial, after which Zoom Rooms require an additional £39 ($49) per month and room subscription, while webinars using Zoom cost £32 ($40) per month and host. Read more: Daily Express »
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