4 new features to make Zoom meetings better in the new year

I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year! Our team looks forward to sharing new features that will boost productivity, improve your connections, and create engaging experiences in 2023.

We’re excited to see how you use these features, whether it’s creating your own avatar or simplifying your meetings with meeting templates.

We’ve added the following new features:

Zoom Avatars

Avatars are added to our filter collection to make meetings more flexible and fun. We provided animal avatars earlier this year, but avatars are customizable virtual characters that you can use in meetings. Thanks to the many personalization options, your “virtual you” can be represented in a unique and fun way! With avatars that emphasize your movements and facial expressions without having to be on video, you can make your meetings more engaging and present yourself dynamically without having to be on video.

When using avatars you can do the following:

  • Are you trying to avoid being seen at meals while still showing that you’re engaged and present?

  • You want to present a more dynamic profile picture than a static off-camera image

  • Are you trying to come up with fun activities for employee onboarding, team bonding exercises, or previously boring meetings?

Zoom users worldwide can currently use avatars in beta. As we create human avatars, we’re constantly adding facial features, hairstyles, and customization options.

Meeting Templates

It’s no secret that different meeting types require different Zoom webinar windows that are smaller, other options are pushed [ Details ]. There are also new ones Ideas – whether it’s a customer meeting, product design meeting or team building meeting.

Depending on the type of meeting you’re hosting, adjusting your settings can be time-consuming. The process can now be simplified by creating, saving and choosing custom meeting templates that automatically apply the appropriate setting.

Our meeting templates include these three ready-to-use templates to make things even easier:

  • Large Meetings: The availability of automatic closed captioning for all participants and automatic content recording make these meetings ideal for team-wide meetings and town halls.

  • Seminars: Ideal for company training courses and university classes. Participants’ screens will not be shared during the seminars.

  • K-12: Suitable for K-12 classrooms that encourage greater student engagement and productivity by enabling advanced polling and testing.

You’ll feel more comfortable knowing you’ve scheduled the right kind of meeting using meeting templates instead of spending time tinkering with settings.

Threaded messages and reactions in in-meeting chat

When hosting Zoom meetings, in-meeting chat is a must-have tool for sharing resources, information, and comments. Threaded messages and reactions allow our chat participants to create threads in meetings and consolidate reactions with emojis. This clarifies which messages participants are replying to and helps organize chat messages.

Questions and answers in meetings

You can engage your webinar attendees with Zoom Webinars’ Q&A feature. Your meetings now benefit from the same functionality. With Q&A, meeting hosts can view and answer questions in one place, helping them stay organized.

In future meetings, you won’t have to search through chats to make sure you’ve answered everything. Co-hosts and hosts can close questions from the Q&A pop-out. Hosts can choose to see all questions or only the answered ones for meeting attendees.

Attendees can ask and answer questions when attending Zoom One Business, Zoom One Business Plus, Zoom One Enterprise, and Zoom One Enterprise Plus meetings. If you want to know how to enable Q&A for meetings, read this article.

Learn more about what’s new at Zoom

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