Zoom is cloud based videoconferencing software with an array of features that make it the perfect choice for businesses looking to implement a practical, high quality videoconferencing solution. While testing different video clients to develop an “always available” videoconferencing portal for use with KUBI in the Revolve office, Zoom’s ease of use and functionality placed it right at the top of our list.
The first time we launched Zoom, we were amazed at how intuitive it was to use. Once installed, opening the app gives you 3 choices:
- Video Meeting
Setting up a meeting is as simple as sending your partners a link via e-mail. Clicking the link will either lead them through the Zoom installation process or add them to the meeting. This works especially well in conjunction with KUBI because you can copy the KUBI control link straight into the same e-mail.
When the call is initiated you are instantly connected to your peers with crystal clear video and reliable, crisp audio. We were amazed at the quality of the video and audio, which is the cornerstone of any telepresence experience and has been the biggest obstacle to setting up our own system here in the office.
Within the meeting the features we found most helpful to us were:
- Ability to create a meeting room that is always available.
With Zoom you create a meeting that your members can join and leave at will, rather than relying on a “call and answer” type of connection. Our experience at Revolve is that having an “always available” teleconferencing portal connected to KUBI fosters natural, impromptu collaboration with our remote employees throughout the day.
- Easy screen and audio sharing
We’ve found this to be especially effective for remote collaboration, sharing documents and working on group projects.
- Ease of Muting/unmuting microphones, speakers and video
Working in a large, open office can get noisy at times and wreak havoc on our audio connection during video meetings. When the native microphone and speaker in the tablet aren’t getting the job done, an external device such as a Big Jambox or Phoenix Quattro 3 has drastically improved our experience. If problems persist, Zoom gives users the option to mute the audio and connect instead via an available dial-in phone line, so clear communication is always ensured.
Zoom has an unbeatable pricing model, offering FREE peer-to-peer calls and up to 40 minutes of group conferencing with up to 25 people. We use the business account which for $9.99 a month gives you unlimited group conferencing and the full range of software features.
After running the gamut of options, we are excited to have found an ideal video calling software that works great in conjunction with KUBI and we invite you to try it for yourself!