Zoom plans to expand its support for automatic live transcriptions with the addition of live translation, and switch its whiteboard feature into a more fully-featured app, among several other changes the corporate announced at its Zoomtopia conference on Monday.
Automatic live transcriptions / closed captions in English were announced to be coming to free Zoom accounts in February 2021. Now Zoom says it “plans to supply real-time transcription for (as many as 30 additional languages) by the top of next year.” As a part of that push, Zoom also will offer translation services for paid accounts, with the plan “to support real-time translation across as many as 12 languages by the top of next year.”
Zoom wasn’t ready to share details about which languages are going to be supported and when, but did say these improvements are immediate results of the machine learning know-how it gained by acquiring German translation company Kites. the opposite major change is coming to Zoom’s whiteboard feature. Zoom currently allows you to create and share whiteboards during meetings to doodle together while you talk, but a planned expansion launching in beta later this year will make Zoom Whiteboard available outside of meetings in Zoom apps and therefore the web.
the essential drawing tools don’t appear to vary from what Zoom currently offers, the most change is how Zoom is treating Whiteboard as a product alongside video calls, instead of a feature that lives inside them. You’ll be ready to add sticky notes, drawings, and comments on your boards and consider them whenever you would like. Early next year, Zoom is coming to Facebook’s Horizon Workrooms. The shared VR meeting space is going to be ready to host video meetings and hook up with Zoom Whiteboard, consistent with Zoom. In VR, you’ll pin a Zoom Whiteboard to your virtual desk or to the wall for everybody to ascertain, and draw alongside colleagues attending a gathering through a standard computer. For a more comprehensive check out all the opposite changes Zoom is announcing at Zoomtopia 2021, including a replacement Zoom Widget shown within the gif above, head to the company’s blog.