Zoom (software)

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Video teleconferencing software application created by Zoom Video Communications (often abbreviated to Zoom and styled as zoom) called Zoom Meetings. A maximum of 100 concurrent users may be accommodated under the free plan, which has a 40-minute time limit. A paid plan is available to those who want to improve their service. The most expensive package accommodates up to 1,000 concurrent attendees for sessions that run up to 30 hours in duration.

A significant rise in the usage of Zoom for distant work, distance education, and online social interactions was seen during the COVID-19 epidemic. Zoom climbed to the fifth most downloaded smartphone app in the world in 2020, with 477 million downloads, as a result of this growth.

Founded in 2011, Zoom has grown to become a global leader in the field of video communications. In the California city of San Jose, the organization's headquarters are situated. Zoom has offices in a number of other locations, including Europe, Asia and Australia. It was released on August 21, 2012, as a beta version of Zoom, which could conduct video conferences with up to 15 video participants. On January 25, 2013, the program's first version, version 1.0, was made available, with the number of participants each conference having been increased from 20 to 25. Zoom had 400,000 users by the end of its first month, and by May 2013, it had grown to more than one million. Because to the COVID-19 epidemic, Zoom gained 2.22 million subscribers in 2020 — more people than it had in the whole year of 2019. The company's stock price increased by 35% as a result of this surge in user numbers. The Zoom app was downloaded 2.13 million times in March 2020, according to the latest available statistics. Zoom has more than 300 million daily meeting attendees as of April 2020, according to company statistics. Zoom suffered significant disruptions on August 24, 2020, which lasted for many hours until service was restored.