Zoom has introduced a series of new features to improve the efficiency of video conferencing and promote a hybrid and remote work culture. At its annual Zoomtopia conference, Zoom announced that it will add real-time, multilingual transcription and translation to Zoom calls. The new real-time translation function will help reduce language barriers during video calls. The real-time translation function will be up and running in 12 languages next year. It also announced many new features.
Zoom will use artificial intelligence (AI)-driven algorithms and machine learning (ML) to transcribe what the speaker says into text. The company stated in a blog post, “We plan to expand Zoom’s automatic transcription to 30 languages next year and increase real-time translation to 12 languages.”
The real-time translation feature was released a few months after Zoom acquired the translation company Kites. Zoom acquired the German startup at an undisclosed price in June.
Another major change in Zoom is about its whiteboard function. The whiteboard is used as a digital canvas, allowing remote and office employees to interact through the virtual whiteboard. Zoom stated that it is committed to allowing users to use Zoom Whiteboard from “a variety of devices.” It said in a blog post: “We are also working with Facebook’s Oculus to build a Zoom Whiteboard integration for Oculus Horizons Workrooms, which will allow users to access and annotate whiteboards in a virtual reality environment.”
The company also announced a new feature called Hot Desking, which allows employees to use interactive maps to reserve office desks and space. This feature will be launched later this year.
With the help of Zoom Rooms’ smart galleries, the company plans to set up meeting spaces of various sizes by creating personal video sources of indoor participants. Zoom Widget, Zoom Phone, Zoom Chat’s Huddle View and Zoom Apps are among many other changes planned by Zoom.
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