FILE IMAGE. An illustration of the Zoom logo behind toy figurines, taken on March 15, 2021. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

Zoomtopia 2021 is a reality, and also the news that Zoom has for its users. With the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic, this communication application took a relevant place along with other services such as Microsoft Teams y Google Meet. People needed options with which to replace their activities in person, and the closest support was these virtual tools. With these, the workers and students were able to continue with their business and academic work in the midst of isolation, making these platforms the direct bridge to the “new normal”.

However, the pandemic is gradually ending, and although the light at the end of the tunnel can still be seen a bit far away, the truth is that the distancing conditions are less and less demanding, so now video messaging services must think of new strategies to ensure the permanence of its users, as well as conquer the hearts of new ones; and this is precisely what Zoom wanted to achieve with Zoomtopia 2021, his event for developers and customers.

On this occasion, the platform came with surprises related to an open world for communications between people from different regions, cultures and languages, as well as new strategic alliances with other technological giants.

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To begin with, Zoom surprised its followers by announcing the inclusion of a tool that will surely be liked by companies and individuals who like new cultures and other social worlds: live translation. According to the report made by the company on the incidents that took place in its event, the managers indicated that for next year it is expected to include the “Live translation into 12 languages”.

Likewise, the extension of the function of automated transcription into 30 languages; although in neither of the two cases (translation and transcription) was it specified what the languages ​​would be or the exact date on which they would be implemented.

“Zoom connects users around the world, and this expansion of our transcription and translation capabilities will help overcome the language barrier that can prevent dynamic communication and collaboration,” Zoom added in his document.

This is what the virtual dashboard would look like on Facebook's Horizon Workrooms.  Photo: Zoom
This is what the virtual dashboard would look like on Facebook’s Horizon Workrooms. Photo: Zoom

Just as Google Meet has its Whiteboard or ‘Jamboard’ and Microsoft Teams its ‘Whiteboard’, Zoom also has its Whiteboarding, a virtual board in which users, as an alternative window to the application, can write or draw their ideas in a meeting.

However, this time the Whiteboarding update does not have to do directly with the Zoom app itself, but with the functionalities that this whiteboard will have in other internet services. According to the information provided in Zoomtopia 2021, this tool will be implemented from now on as an independent app that can be used by business suites of other internet companies.

Among the most important partners that joined this new idea is Facebook, company that will use Whiteboarding services in Oculus Horizons Workrooms; In other words, from now on, Facebook meetings that work with the help of Augmented Reality will be able to have their own virtual dashboard provided by Zoom.

“When people join meetings through Workrooms, they will be able to connect with each other from the virtual and real world through Zoom Meetings. Zoom Whiteboard will be integrated into the desktop view and the wall view of Horizon Workrooms to enhance collaboration in virtual reality. “

In this way, Zoom becomes a direct collaborator of Facebook’s VR (Virtual Reality) and the ambitious “metaverso”That Mark Zuckerberg wants to develop.


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