Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:42

Zoom releases Zoom for Home as new offering for business users

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Video-conferencing software company Zoom Video Communications has released Zoom for Home, which it claims as a new category of software experiences and hardware devices that help businesses keep their teams connected and productive whether in the office or at home.

The new service is touted by Zoom as a new offering for business users, allowing anyone with a Zoom Meetings license to deploy a personal collaboration device for video meetings, phone calls, interactive whiteboarding, and annotation.

“Zoom for Home aims to create a ‘hybrid office’, letting teams collaborate at home and in the office seamlessly,” says Zoom, and announcing that the hardware will be available in Australia from September.

“With continued uncertainty in Australia and New Zealand, businesses need to keep their teams connected and productive no matter the circumstances. The last couple of months have seen large-scale remote working become the norm and it’s changed the face of working culture forever,” said Michael Chetner, Zoom Head of APAC.

“Embracing this ‘hybrid office’ model means businesses can be resilient, allowing them to stay connected whether they are in the office or at home.”

Zoom lists its Zoom for Home top features as:

  • Enhances the Zoom Experience - Log in to a Zoom for Home compatible device with a Zoom user account to create immersive office experiences without additional licenses (Zoom for Home is available with all Zoom Meeting licenses, including Basic.)
  • Always Ready - Easily start ad-hoc or scheduled meetings, take and receive phone calls, and virtually collaborate with content sharing and annotation.
  • Personalization - Syncs with the user’s calendar, status, meeting settings and phone for an integrated video-first unified communications experience.
  • Flexible Management Options - Zoom for Home devices can be set up to be IT-managed remotely through the Admin Portal or self-managed by the end-user.
  • Zoom for Home Design - Ensures hardware is a purpose-built solution and is accessibly priced for a home office setup.

“After experiencing remote work ourselves for the past several months, it was clear that we needed to innovate a new category dedicated to remote workers,” said Eric S. Yuan, Zoom CEO. “I’m so proud of the team for continuing to think outside the box and prove why Zoom is the best unified communications platform that can meet the needs of all types of users.”

“With employers and employees working through what the future of work will look like, it is important that people feel set up for success,” said Rich Costello, Senior Research Analyst, IDC.

“Three months ago, it was making sure employees had the right ergonomic setup.

“We’ve now moved to the phase of making sure employees have the right devices to enable productivity. The Zoom from Home category is a powerful way for the company to reach a work-from-home audience that craves tools to help with engagement, connection and collaboration.”

“With employers and employees working through what the future of work will look like, it is important that people feel set up for success,” said Rich Costello, Senior Research Analyst, IDC.

“Three months ago, it was making sure employees had the right ergonomic setup.

“We’ve now moved to the phase of making sure employees have the right devices to enable productivity. The Zoom from Home category is a powerful way for the company to reach a work-from-home audience that craves tools to help with engagement, connection and collaboration.”


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