San Jose, California headquartered Zoom Video Communications, which saw its popularity soar during the pandemic, has now unveiled the beta version of OnZoom, an online events platform and marketplace, to the public.
OnZoom, which is an extension of Zoom’s unified communications platform, was launched at its flagship annual event Zoomtopia 2020.
The paid online events solution helps users create, host and monetize large events such as fitness classes, concerts, stand-up comedy and music lessons on the Zoom platform.
In terms of features, the OnZoom platform helps businesses schedule and host one-time events, event series along with drop-ins for upto 1000 attendees, list and sell tickets, promote public events and reach new audiences. The platform lets users pay through PayPal and major credit cards as well as donate to nonprofit organisations and raise funds, according to a statement.
Zoom’s other prominent launches at the two day event, held on October 14 and 15, included a new end-to-end encryption offering which ensures that communication between meeting participants is encrypted using cryptographic keys. Zoom also announced a new customisable software development kit which is now more customisable and allows for easier session control.
For developers, Zoom has launched Zapps, a platform for workflows that allows to bring in first and third-party applications into meetings for real-time adoption, along with basic platform enhancements such as background layouts for all participants, voice command options for personal devices to control rooms, new whiteboarding features and webinar features such as reactions, customised lobbies, breakout rooms and debrief rooms.
In late August Zoom announced that it would integrate with smart display devices such as Amazon Echo Show, Facebook Portal and Google Nest Hub Max, improving its accessibility.