According to online sources, Zoom, a video conferencing company, is developing its own email client and calendar. It is believed that the launch of these services will help make the company’s platform a full-fledged competitor to Google Workspace and Microsoft Office.
Zoom’s desire to develop new services is understandable given that the video conferencing platform’s growth has slowed since restrictive measures were eased by the coronavirus pandemic. Calendar and email are commonly used as planning tools, so native services will help Zoom integrate more deeply with organizations already using a video conferencing platform.
On the other hand, Google and Microsoft are trying to pressure Zoom in this segment, so a lot of effort has to be made to be fully competitive. Even Google, with its suite of hugely popular free tools like Gmail and Google Docs, took years to wrest market share from Microsoft. Few companies can afford to compete in this segment, let alone gain real market share.
Zoom officials have so far been reluctant to comment on the launch of the said services. According to the source, they could be presented to the public at the upcoming Zoomtopia conference, which will take place in November this year.