Apple held its annual WWDC conference this week, and many Windows fans and users watched Microsoft’s competitor down the aisle. While the biggest news is iOS 15, iPadOS15 and macOS Monterey, there were several other announcements from Apple. The one that affects Windows users the most is the fact that FaceTime is no longer exclusive to Apple hardware. After years of standing behind Apple’s walled garden, FaceTime will find its way to Windows and Android via the web. Some features remain exclusive to iPads, iPhones, and Macs, but the ability to use FaceTime on non-Apple company hardware comes first. After the announcement, I saw a mishmash of comments on the internet. Some were excited to be able to use the service on Windows and Android devices, while others didn’t care at all. This comes down to a few factors, the biggest of which may be geography.
Project StarLine: Due to the pandemic, tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom enjoy great success. But the personal, social contacts cannot be replaced. In this area, Google wants to engage with Project Starline to make video calls look like real encounters. On the occasion of the Google I/O 2021 developer conference, the U.S. company will present its progress on Project Starline. The prototype of a videoconferencing solution aims to use realistic 3D recordings to ensure users experience the feeling of a real encounter in one and the same space. Google describes its system as a “magic window” through which participants can still see their virtual counterparts at full size and in three dimensions. In this way, natural conversations must be conducted, gestures observed and real eye contact established.
Dozens of security and privacy issues were found in Zoom. Here’s an updated list. Are you using Zoom? You’re probably. Anyone who had to work from home or do schoolwork during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has used the videoconferencing platform for meetings, lessons and even social gatherings. There are good reasons why Zoom got off the ground and other platforms didn’t do that so well. Zoom is easy to set up, easy to use, lets up to 100 people join a meeting for free, and now even generates live subtitles. It just works.
At a time when most companies work from home, meetings have been transferred to different virtual platforms. Microsoft Teams vs Zoom is a popular comparison, and it’s one that significantly affects work efficiency. By social distancing, the need for videoconferencing, online board meetings and webinars has increased enormously. The two main virtual conference platforms, Microsoft Teams and Zoom, have become reliable assets in the workplace as they provide the necessary personal interactions while maintaining physical distance.
The main reason for Zoom’s success was the ease with which people could participate in video calls by simply sharing a code. Of course, this led to a lot of security issues via Zoom bombing, but at that point it gave Zoom the growth boost it needed to become synonymous with video calling. Somewhat late, Microsoft Teams joins the party with its own Meeting Code solution.
Companies turned to videoconferencing software to stay connected during the pandemic while working from home, and as we prepare for the year ahead, this trend is likely to continue now that Zoom has become a household name. While Zoom emerged as the favorite video conferencing platform for consumers because of its ease of use and popularity, Microsoft has made tremendous progress in getting organizations to adopt their own collaboration solution, Teams. In March, for example, Microsoft Teams saw the number of daily active users (DAU) increase by 12 million over a seven-day period to 44 million. In October, however, that number grew to 115 million as the software giant continued to add new features to its collaboration software.
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