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Zoom deploys an immersive view to activate appointments in a virtual room

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Zoom launches a new Immersive View feature to make meetings and classrooms more engaging and collaborative. This feature will allow the host to set a custom background theme for their meetings or create layouts where participants’ videos are embedded in a scene that everyone shares, such as a classroom or courtroom. This feature was first announced at Zoomtopia 2020 last October and is now available for desktop users. Immersive View allows you to create environments such as a meeting room, classroom or auditorium depending on the event you are hosting.

The company announced that Scaling launches Immersive View for all Windows and macOS clients for desktops running version 5.6.3 or later. Immersive View is enabled by default for all free and Pro accounts. It can be activated through the web portal for all other types of accounts. The immersive look seems to reduce fatigue during long class sessions, meetings or other events. It currently supports up to 25 participants.

The new Zoom feature allows hosts to arrange video and workshop participants in a virtual background, bringing people together in one scene to connect and collaborate in a cohesive virtual meeting space. The new Immersive View feature must first be enabled by the administrator or group leader in their account settings. Even an individual user will need to activate it by going to Settings> Appointments> InMeeting (Advanced)> Immersive View. Once enabled, users can select Immersive View after the meeting begins by clicking View> Immersive View> Scene Selection> Start.

When they enable Immersive View, hosts will be able to automatically or manually place participants in a virtual scene of their choice. The hosts can also easily move the participants around this scene and even resize the image of the participant for a more natural experience. In addition, the host can easily change the scene or return to Speaker or Gallery View at any time. Zoom has provided several scenes to launch users, but they can also upload their own.

For those Zoom participants, desktop and mobile applications that do not support Immersive View will continue to see other meeting participants in gallery view or speaker view, with only a simple black background. Others in the meeting will continue to watch these unsupported participants in the immersive scene with their original background.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting experience includes smartphones, wearables, applications, social media and the entire technology industry. She reports from Mumbai and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecommunications sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and messages can be sent to [email protected]
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