Zoom Adding Email, Calendar Features To Compete With Google Workspace and Microsoft 365

Zoom wants to be your next productivity platform, with plans of adding new features that would help it take on the likes of Google Workspace and Microsoft 365.

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The video call company at its Zoomtopia conference announced plans to expand the platform to soon include a host of new features, including email and calendar.


You’ll be able to connect third-party email and calendar services to Zoom and access them via the desktop app. This saves you from having to set up a new email if you already have one in use. It’ll also help you save time from having to switch between multiple apps for productivity-related tasks.


If you do want to set up a new email though, you can do that, with Zoom providing an account with an @zmail.com domain. If you have a Zoom One business plan, you can even create and use your own custom domain. Your email lets you access up to 100GB of storage, along with the ability to send messages that can expire and contain access-restricted links. Messages sent between emails hosted on Zoom can also enjoy end-to-end encryption.

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Zoom Calendar, meanwhile, allows you to see the links to all the meetings you’ve been invited to attend, which should make it easier for you to join and manage your schedule. You’ll also see who among your contacts has already joined a specific meeting. What’s more, completed meetings that you record will include a recording link, sparing you from having to upload it and send it to your team manually.


Zoom also announced new additions to meetings, including Smart Recordings, an artificial intelligence-powered tool that generates summaries and chapters for archived meetings. You’ll also soon be able to set meeting templates that’ll automatically configure your preferred settings, as well as have the option to use a Meta avatar.


Coming in 2023 is a feature called Zoom Spots, which is described as a virtual coworking space where colleagues can stay in touch with each other throughout the day. Not much has been revealed about it yet. Apart from this, businesses on Zoom will be able to use a new virtual agent tool that can serve as a chatbot to answer customer queries or resolve issues.

 
  • Zoom announced plans to expand the platform to soon include a host of new features, including email and calendar.

  • Email lets you connect a third-party email to Zoom and access it via the desktop app or create a new one using an @zmail.com domain.

  • Calendar, meanwhile, allows you to see the links to all the meetings you’ve been invited to attend, including who among your contacts has already joined a specific meeting.

  • Coming in 2023 is Zoom Spots, a virtual coworking space where colleagues can stay in touch with each other throughout the day.

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