Docket, an online collaboration platform that helps teams run better meetings, has teamed up with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) to deliver one of the first Zapps (Zoom Apps) as a part of a new integration offering.
At their annual user conference, Zoomtopia, Zoom announced a new library of apps designed to enhance the Zoom meeting experience. Dubbed ‘Zapps,’ these apps will blend other top software platforms and tools with the Zoom desktop meeting client.
“Docket empowers Zoom users to tie meetings together from preparation to follow-through,” said Wei Li, Head of Platform and AI at Zoom. “We want to bring these platforms closer together through our new Zapp to elevate the collaboration experience and bring happiness to our customers.”
The library of Zapps is a separate addition to Zoom’s App Marketplace of third-party integrations. Docket took first-place among more than 600 app marketplace integrations in Zoom’s first ‘Whale Watch’ competition earlier this year.
“We’re excited to expand our relationship with Zoom to provide new ways for teams to seamlessly collaborate end-to-end,” said Darin Brown, CEO of Docket. “Zapps are a natural extension of our mission to improve the way people meet, and we look forward to taking advantage of this emerging technology.”
Docket’s meeting intelligence platform enhances business meeting transparency and alignment end-to-end with shared agenda creation, stored meeting history and action item tracking. The company launched out of High Alpha’s venture studio in Indianapolis. Before co-founding Docket, Brown served as the CTO of Angie’s List and Vice President at Salesforce and ExactTarget.
Docket plans to build a Zapp that brings important meeting resources into Zoom’s desktop meeting client. Users will be able to build and share a meeting agenda, take notes with meeting guests, assign tasks for follow-up and save attachments and resources without leaving the Zoom
Google is pushing its Zoom competitor, Google Meet, on as default in Gmail calendar invites November 16th, but notifying users that they can make this feature live now. November 16th the switch is flicked for them. The new setting will be on by default for all organizations from today. The aggressive move is probably why some big Zoom news is coming out later today.
Google is seeing more than 100m users use Google Meet a day and adding about 3m users a day on top of that. A lot less than Zoom’s +500m but with more than 1.5 billion Gmail users that figure can shift fast. Default from November 16th, users are being urged to change the settings in an email sent to Gsuite users, the move will be on 100% by November 16th.
How to set Google Meet as your default videoconferencing tool now:
Go to Apps > GSuite > Calendar > Sharing Settings > Video conferencing and look for ‘“Make Google Meet the default video conferencing provider’
Google says it is introducing this new setting to ‘…provide you with better tools to encourage Google Meet usage within your organization, given that it is included in your Google Workspace license.” The email also contained a subtle sting about costs; “[changing Google Meet to default]…now makes it possible to nudge users to create Google Meet conferences instead of other conferencing solutions that may incur additional IT costs.” Google Meet
- You can set Zoom to automatically record all the meetings that you host.
- When changing your Zoom settings, you can also choose whether you want the recordings to be saved to your computer or the cloud.
- For added transparency, you can turn on the “Recording consent” feature to let others in the call know when you’re recording.
- This story is a part Business Insider’s Guide to Zoom.
You can easily turn on the “Automatic Record” feature in your Zoom settings online, and begin recording your Zoom calls.
Like other Zoom actions, such as the ability to mute and unmute participants, automatically recording the meeting only applies if you are the host.
It’s important to note that you are also unable to make any of these changes in the Zoom app for desktop or mobile, and can only be done in the browser.
Once you start recording, you can enable the “Recording consent” function to let participants know that you are recording.
Here’s how to do it.
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How to automatically record meetings on Zoom
1. Open Zoom in your browser on your Mac or PC.
2. Click on “My Account” in the top-right corner.
3. This will bring you to your profile and settings pages. Click the “Settings” tab under the “Personal” section in the left hand panel.
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4. Click the “Recording” tab at the top.
Microsoft’s Teams had a very busy September adding a host of new features. Now, the firm is looking to improve the performance of its Teams service as it continues in the battle to beat Zoom in the video conferencing space.
In an update detailing the features added in September, Microsoft explained how it was trying to improve Teams’ performance as a large proportion of the workforce continue to work from home.
Microsoft says it’s working to ensure businesses and schools “have a high-performance experience that scales across their devices and levels of internet connectivity.”
Performance improvements in Teams
For times when there is limited network connectivity, Microsoft is working on enabling offline support in Teams so users can write messages offline and these can be automatically sent when connectivity is re-established. It’s already possible to run the desktop client on Windows and macOS in environments with limited bandwidth or without a network connection.
Meanwhile, Microsoft says it has boosted Teams’ desktop launch time on Windows and macOS by up to 30% and is making changes to video rendering. At the same time, Microsoft is optimizing battery life for Teams iOS users in a move aimed to help support Firstline Workers and those away from their desktops throughout the day. In addition, Microsoft says it’s optimizing the Android Teams app for low bandwidth environments.
New features to beat Zoom
The improvements to performance come hot on the heels of some major Teams feature updates during September as Microsoft looks to leapfrog Zoom in the