Zoom has expanded the functionality of its proprietary video conferencing application by adding real-time translation functionality and expanding the whiteboard’s capabilities to make it a fully functional application. The company announced this at its Zoomtopia conference on Monday.
It was previously announced that automatic transcription for English will appear in free Zoom accounts in February 2021. Zoom now says it plans to provide real-time transcription for 30 additional languages by the end of next year. As part of this initiative, the company will also offer real-time translation services for 12 languages by the end of next year on paid accounts. Zoom has not yet revealed which languages are in question, but said the improvements are a direct result of the acquisition of German translation company Kites.
Another important change concerns the Zoom whiteboard. Currently, the service allows you to create whiteboards and use them during conferences for joint drawing and taking notes. The planned expansion, which will launch in beta later this year, will make the Zoom board available outside of conferences. Basic drawing tools don’t seem to be any different from what Zoom currently offers.
Zoom will debut in virtual reality early next year. The service will appear in Facebook Horizon Workrooms. According to Zoom, users will be able to connect to a shared VR conferencing space and use a VR recording board.