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Zoom 5.8.3 (1581) – Popular Client for Meetings

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Zoom 5.8.3 (1581) – Popular Client for Meetings

Zoom is a client for meetings that provides simplified video conferencing and messaging across any device. It ofers enterprise video conferencing with real time messaging and content sharing.

Whether you are connecting multiple conference rooms or meeting with attendees from their personal desktops or mobile devices, coming together face-to-face on Zoom is as simple as a single touch. With the highest video and audio quality, bringing your team together feels just like you are in the same room. Feature-rich and simple-to-use, Zoom mobile and desktop apps bring the whole experience together with built-in cross-platform group chat.

This program enables quick adoption with meeting capabilities that make it easy to start, join, and collaborate across any device. Also it enables internal and external communications, all-hands meetings, and trainings through one communications platform.

Zoom Meetings syncs with your calendar system and delivers streamlined enterprise-grade video conferencing from desktop and mobile.

Zoom is built for modern teams

  • HD video and audio. Bring HD video and audio to your meetings with support for up to 1000 video participants and 49 videos on screen.
  • Built-in collaboration tools. Multiple participants can share their screens simultaneously and co-annotate for a more interactive meeting.
  • Meet securely. End-to-end encryption for all meetings, role-based user security, password protection, waiting rooms, and place attendee on hold.
  • Recording and transcripts. Record your meetings locally or to the cloud, with searchable transcripts.
  • Streamlined calendaring. Support scheduling or starting meetings from Outlook, Gmail, or iCal.
  • Team Chat. Chat with groups, searchable history, integrated file sharing, and 10 year archive. Easily escalate into 1:1 or group calls.

Zoom Meetings for desktop and mobile provides the tools:

  • Focus on your meeting – click record to leave the note taking to Zoom’s auto-generated, searchable transcripts
  • Share and play videos with full audio and video transmit without uploading the content
  • Look meeting-ready with Virtual Backgrounds and Touch Up My Appearance

A thoughtful approach to mobile meetings:

Today’s mobile professionals need to be able to work and video conference wherever they are. Zoom Meetings for mobile provides the same great experience that you’d expect from the desktop client and more.

  • Turn on Virtual Backgrounds and select the image of your choice (iPhone 8+ required)
  • Share your screen and co-annotate
  • Use Safe Driving Mode or Apple Carplay (iPhone only)

Zoom Chat

Integrated persistent messaging streamlines workspace collaboration across the desktop and mobile clients.

  • Create private or public groups
  • Share files and search content
  • Seamlessly start a meeting

Keep participants engaged

Power interactive meetings from any location.

  • Enable polling and Q&A
  • Allow virtual hand-raising
  • Track engagement with Attention Indicator

Administration and remote assistance made easy

Centralized IT management and remote assistance simplifies deployment and support.

  • Track utilization and usage trends
  • View version distribution
  • Assign granular permission settings (account, group, and user level)

Expanded Audio

Add audio options for everyone.

  • Free VoIP and toll-based dial-in for 55+ countries
  • Global toll free and call-out
  • Dedicated dial-in numbers

One unified app for phone, video, meetings, and chat

  • Seamlessly make and receive phone calls, share content, participate in video meetings, and send chat messages from Zoom desktop and mobile apps
  • Easily elevate phone calls to a Zoom Meeting without requiring participants to hang up and dial-in to a separate conference bridge
  • Native apps for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android are designed for ease of use while maximizing voice and video quality of service.

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Changes in Zoom 5.8.3 (1581) (October 25, 2021):

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Additional MSI/PLIST/GPO/MDM options
      • Prevent use of Remote presentation control – DisableSlideControl 
        Disabled by default, this option will disable the remote presentation control feature on the client.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Polling enhancements for quizzing
      Account owners and admins can enable advanced polling to allow meeting hosts to build advanced polls or quizzes that contain multiple question/answer types, allow for images, and automatically record answers. New question/answer types include match combinations, rank answers, and fill in the blank.
    • Presentation slide control 
      Control progression of presentation slides without needing to ask the participant sharing the presentation for the next slide. Supports presentations in Google Slides, Powerpoint, and Keynote. The account owner and admins can enable this for use at the Account-, Group-, and User-level web settings.
    • Profile photos for in-meeting chat
      In-meeting chat now displays the participants’ profile photos, just as they appear in Zoom Chat. If no image is available for a participant, the participant’s initials appear. The account owner and admins can enable this for use in the Account-level web settings, and users can also control this feature in the client settings as well.
    • Optional Reclaim Host when rejoining
      When the original host of a meeting rejoins, they are now given the option to reclaim host controls or remain as a participant or co-host, in order to not disrupt the current host.
    • Prevent display name changes when SAML mapped
      Administrators can configure SAML mapping so that the desktop client blocks SSO users from changing their display name when joining a meeting with the Join button.
    • Full availability of Live Transcription 
      As promised earlier this year, Zoom’s Live Transcription service is now available for Free accounts. This enhancement provides access to Live Transcription for all account and user types. Live transcription must be enabled in the User-level Settings page for use in meetings and webinars.
    • Seasonal scenes for Immersive View
      Zoom is adding additional fall and Halloween themed scenes for use in Immersive View.
  • Meeting features
    • Two-way chat with Waiting Room participants 
      The meeting Host and Co-hosts can now chat back-and-forth with participants in the Waiting Room. Waiting Room messages can be sent to all participants in the Waiting Room or just individual participants. Only the host/co-host can see responses from those in the Waiting Room. This feature requires client version 5.8.0 or higher.
  • Chat features
    • Unread message badge in search results 
      The search results for contacts and channels include the unread badge counts for each. For high volume users who receive a constant influx of new messages, these badge counts help to visually differentiate between contacts and channels that would otherwise all look the same.
    • Enhancements to @ mentions page
      The @ me mentions page now indicates which messages are unread.
    • Highlighted @ mentions
      When you are mentioned in a channel or multi-user chat, the message you are mentioned in will be temporarily highlighted in the conversation.
    • Chat history button
      Accessing your history of recent chats now has a dedicated button. This provides quick access to the 10 previous chats you accessed, including channels, 1-on-1 chats, and unnamed multi-user chats.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements
  • Resolved an issue regarding delays/freezes when connecting to meetings
  • Resolved an issue regarding country codes not being filtered by selected country
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding the inability to share again after pausing and then stopping sharing
  • Resolved an issue regarding video panels being randomized when setting a custom order
  • Resolved an issue regarding the camera rotation resetting for each meeting

Changes in Zoom 5.8.1 (1435) (October 11, 2021):

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding the 64-bit desktop client not launching

Changes in Zoom 5.8.0 (1324) (September 23, 2021):

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Unique file names for local recordings 
      Each file created as part of a local recording will be given a unique file name. The type of file will start the name (video, audio), followed by a string of numbers. Users will also be provided suggestions on what to rename the files, if they choose to further customize the file names.
    • Additional MSI/PLIST/GPO options
      • Disable auto launch SSO URL – DisableAutoLaunchSSO 
        Disabled by default, this option prevents Zoom from automatically launching the previously used SSO URL. This is useful for users with multiple accounts, each having their own SSO URL.
    • Support for additional time zones 
      Scheduling on the client now supports the GMT -7 Yukon, GMT +2 Chisinau, and GMT +5:30 Colombo time zones, which were already supported when scheduling in the web portal. Additionally, corrections have been made to Brazilian time zones, and Yerevan has been split into its own time zone.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Stop incoming video 
      Users in a meeting can easily disable all incoming video through in-meeting controls. This may be done to preserve bandwidth for shared content, or to avoid mental fatigue from viewing multiple, active video participants. The account owner and admins can enable this for use in meetings at the Account-, Group-, and User-level web settings.
    • Poll access for alternative hosts 
      If meeting hosts add alternative hosts to their meeting, they can allow alternative hosts to add or edit polls. The alternative host in the meeting will have the additional in-meeting options to add or edit a poll, which launches the web portal to make the changes.
    • Easier emoji selection for in-meeting chat 
      After entering ‘:’ and two or more letters, available emojis matching that description will be shown. For example, entering “:jo” will provide the following matching emojis: :joy:, :joy_cat:, :joystick:, :majong:, and :black_joker:
    • Aligned separate audio tracks for local recordings
      When recording separate audio tracks for a local recording, the audio tracks will be aligned, in that each track is in sync with each other and start at the same. Recording tracks will increase in size slightly, as extra padding will be added to each file to ensure tracks all begin at the same time.
    • Updated recording privacy disclaimer
      The recording disclaimer has been updated to provide clearer information regarding how their data is being handled and who can access it.
  • Meeting features
    • Security settings overview 
      The host and co-host in a meeting can quickly check what security features are currently in effect for the meeting they are hosting. This information is accessible through the in-meeting encryption shield, located in the top-left corner of the meeting.
    • Participant attendance status
      If the host has the Google or Outlook calendar integration configured, Zoom will display a list of others invited to the meeting but not yet in attendance, allowing for quick checks if everyone is in attendance yet. Their invite response (Accepted, Declined, Maybe) is listed with their name and the host can easily invite them to the meeting from the participants panel. This feature can be enabled for use in meetings at the Account-, Group-, and User-level web settings, and will initially be available only for free users as part of a beta.
  • Chat features
    • Rich text formatting support
      Enhanced rich text message capabilities allow for better chat messages formatting options. These options are available for composing a new message, replies, and editing messages. Expanded options for the desktop client include bold, italics, underlining, strikethrough, highlight and text color, font size, bulleted and numbered lists, hyperlinks, and indenting. Mobile apps will gain the ability to bold, italicize, strikethrough, underline, and create a bulleted or numbered list.
    • Quote messages 
      Users can quote specific messages sent in a channel, which helps avoid confusion and eliminates the need for others to scroll up to view the initial question or message. Images and bot messages cannot be quoted.
    • Additional customization for Personal Note 
      The Personal Note can be configured to display for a specific period of time, as well as appearing above the text input box when someone is composing a message to you. For example, a user may say they are Out of office for the next few days, and that note will appear above the drafted message when someone is chatting directly with or mentioning them, warning them of the user’s current unavailability.
    • Support for search and Link Previews with Advanced Chat Encryption 
      Chat history search and hyperlink previews are now supported when Advanced Chat Encryption is enabled. Search is limited to messages that have already been decrypted and are stored on the device being used to perform the search. Link previews must first be enabled by the account admin in the web portal, as the default for this setting is off.
    • Clearer notification when converting a group-chat into a channel
      When a multi-user chat is named, this converts the group chat into an official chat channel. The user changing the channel will be more informed of the effect of the change, and other users in the group will be notified of the changes as well, helping them locate the channel by its new name.
    • Updated New Chat button
      To save space for chat contacts and channels, the New Chat button has been updated and moved in-line with other chat buttons, such as bookmarked messages, files, and contact requests.
  • Zoom Phone features
    • UI enhancement to phone number labels 
      When searching for phone users using the dial pad or SMS search field, users can view the associated phone number labels by clicking or tapping the right arrow icon.
    • Prompt for emergency address
      If the admin has enabled nomadic emergency services and personal locations; or allowed users to manage their emergency address, users will receive prompts to confirm or update their emergency addresses until they do so.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements
  • Resolved an issue regarding slow connections after switching networks
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding mute upon entry and recording disclaimer prompts
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding duplicated virtual background images set by admins
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding unmuting issues after taking a Zoom Phone call off-hold
  • Resolved an issue regarding more than 30 participants sharing their screen simultaneously
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding additional audio channels being ignored

Homepage – https://zoom.us/

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Android 5.0 or later
  • iOS 8.0 or later

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