Hello my fellow wordsmiths and page turners,
In the day to day of lockdown, with social distancing enforced globally, the only mode of communication is via technology. This has meant a significant rise in the use of video-conferencing sites and software. There are several video conferencing applications available in the market today including: WhatsApp, Zoom Video, and Facebook Rooms to name a few. All of which are being extensively used for video calling by people of all walks of life. With these applications people are able to keep up with friends and colleagues, conduct online classes for students, and even group yoga and dance sessions. They have built digital clubs and even a few have used them to shoot full feature length movies!
Zoom Video, stands out from its peers, and this is mirrored by its sudden rise to one of the most popular video-conferencing players on the market. This is largely due to its main selling point, which without a doubt, is its free 40 minutes conference call feature which can be joined in by up to 100 people. This has been used worldwide by businesses, and creatives everywhere to host meetings, panels, writing sessions and more.
The platform has been further boosted by several viral videos, podcasts and even a feature length film being made on the platform.
This and Its easy user-friendly interface has rapidly made this one of the most popular methods of communication during lockdown.
But will it last?
Over the coming months, people will come accustomed to working from home (if they have not done so already) Virtual classrooms, and cloud based calls for companies are unlikely to return to their old ways of conducting business in a hurry as this is a huge cost saving exercise for them at the moment. After all, there are a lot of advantages to having a remote workforce. It can reduce employees’ commute times, boost productivity, help curb greenhouse emissions, and the be all and end all, it operates at a lower cost.
Zoom and these other video conference services didn’t appear on the scene because of coronavirus, they existed before that. Therefore I don’t believe it will disappear once the virus is contained, die down in time certainly, but for the time being it’s looking like it’s here to stay. what do you think? do you use Zoom, if so what do you use it for let us know in the comments.
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Video conferencing software and video chat applications have seen a huge surge in demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, video conferencing apps saw a record 62 million downloads. Much of the growth is due to increasing adoption of platforms like Google Hangouts Meet, Microsoft Teams ,MirrorFly,and Zoom as businesses switched to remote working to limit the spread of the virus. Zoom was the most downloaded video conferencing app globally in February and March and it continues to see a high number of downloads across the US, EU and UK . https://habr.com/en/post/513348/