All your friends are using Zoom, the video-chat app that is suddenly dominating competition from Google and Microsoft
- Zoom, a teleconferencing application typically used by businesses, has become the hot new way for people to connect while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Zoom has seemingly replaced services like Google Hangouts and Microsoft's Skype as most people's go-to platform for video calls.
- "We have seen a large increase in the number of free users, meeting minutes, and new video use cases," CEO Eric Yuan said in the company's most recent investor call.
- Zoom is the world's 2nd most downloaded mobile app, behind only TikTok, according to app-analytics firm Sensor Tower.
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Are you using Zoom yet?Chances are, if you're one of the tens of millions of people currently working from home or out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic, you've quickly become familiar with the teleconferencing software.Advertisement
But beyond being a productivity tool, Zoom has become a place where friends are organizing virtual happy hours and where families are staying in touch as the coronavirus pandemic keeps us all separated and indoors.
Whatever the case may be, Zoom is suddenly everywhere.
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It's not just you: The company said it's seen explosive growth in the past few weeks.
Clear evidence of Zoom's rise: The Zoom app is dominating the charts for both iPhone and Android users.Advertisement
Why are people using Zoom? That's less clear, but there are some obvious upsides to Zoom over its competition from Microsoft's Skype and Google's Hangouts.