Zoom adds calendar and email to its video conferencing service

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Zoom adds calendar and email to its videoconferencing service

Video conferencing app Zoom is expanding to compete with web giants.

Zoom, whose popularity exploded at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, wants to offer much more than video conferencing software. To achieve this, it intends to tread on the toes of Microsoft, Slack and Google by offering a calendar and email service.

Exit Outlook and Gmail, hello Zmail (@zmail.com). This is the suffix chosen by Zoom for its new email service, currently available in beta version.

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Zoom wants to win over small businesses looking for hosting for their email with its Zmail service.

Messages sent by Zmail are end-to-end encrypted, according to a blog post by Joseph Chong, the company's product manager. SMBs will also be able to pay for a Business subscription to change the email domain name to their own.

The company that owns the videoconferencing software is also adding a calendar feature similar to that offered by Microsoft Outlook software. Its users will be able to start meetings more easily without having to manipulate Zoom URLs.

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Zoom's calendar function competes with the calendar already offered by Google and Microsoft companies.

Staff invited to a meeting will also be able to see who is already in a room before joining a videoconference, a feature already offered on Google Meets, for example. No more waiting: Completed meetings will be displayed in the calendar, along with the URL to their video recording.

These new tools are in addition to the existing Whiteboard tools , for example, all of which fit into a unified interface, called Zoom One.

Zoom has already encroached on Slack and Microsoft Teams territory by recently launching Team Chat, a instant messaging that recalls the offer of its competitors.

The objective for the company is to prevent its followers from having to change applications for the different tools required to hybrid work.

Zoom also unveiled Floor to Spots, a feature that aims to replicate the seamless interactions of in-person work. The principle is simple: you leave the camera of the computer open, and the software transposes people into a virtual workspace. The company plans to launch this new service in early 2023.

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