Comparison of VDI client features in Zoom

There are many similarities between Zoom’s meeting client for VDI and its other solutions, but it also has some major differences that set it apart from the rest.

Note: A high-level overview of the VDI client is provided in this article. You can compare the desktop client to the web client in detail.

In this article we will cover the following topics:

  • How does Zoom VDI compare to Zoom on other platforms?
  • How Zoom VDI is optimized

How does Zoom VDI compare to Zoom on other platforms?

special feature VDI client desktop client web client
recording cloud only Local or cloud cloud only
Virtual backgrounds and filters

hardware allowed

No green screen is required, any camera can be used as long as the hardware allows it Use of third-party apps if the hardware allows it
Split Desktop, Apps, Part of the desktop Desktop, Apps, Audio, Camera, Airplay, Part of Desktop Chrome (desktop and apps) Edge (desktop and apps), Firefox (desktop only)
Dual monitor mode
video participant Up to 49 visible at a time, hardware permitting Up to 49 visible at the same time Active speaker
video resolution 1080p max, 360 typical on thin hardware 1080p max 720p max
Breakout Sessions
Computer Audio (VOIP)
zoom phone Optimized on all platforms (v5.9.0+):
AVD/Linux**All supported Linux plugins
Optimized screen sharing for videos Activated by registration
reactions Limited number of reactions
screen capture
Press to speak
HID functionality on Jabra headsets
Share multiple applications at the same time
archive meeting Windows, Mac and Linux
Share computer audio
7×7 gallery view
language interpretation
Drag and move videos in wall view
Immersive Scenes
Supports simultaneous meetings

2. Meeting in fallback

dual cameras

How Zoom VDI is optimized

A best-case scenario is that the media plugin offloads all video encoding and decoding tasks over the network to the Zoom cloud, bypassing the VDI infrastructure for optimal performance. There is always an exchange of control information such as authentication and window positions via the VDI channel.

frequently asked Questions

On select operating systems and virtual desktop agents, the VDI plug-in offloads Zoom Phone media, similar to the optimized meeting experience. Through a direct network connection, the plugin is able to process media locally and create a richer quality experience.

Zoom desktop clients are available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. If you select your profile picture, then help, and finally about zoom, you’ll find all the information you need. A Zoom Desktop Client version will appear.

Combined with simple online meetings, Zoom combines video conferencing, group messaging and cloud-based video conferencing.

The Zoom web client allows you to join Zoom meetings and webinars from a web browser without downloading any software or plugins. It allows users with limited download and installation capabilities to use their web browser to join Zoom meetings without having to download the application.

Start video conferencing with your friends and colleagues worldwide by downloading Zoom on your PC. With the Zoom remote conferencing service, you can create video calls, host online meetings, and collaborate with others. Zoom is free to use, but additional features are available with paid subscriptions.

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