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Zoom
Logo of Zoom
A grid showing the camera views of 25 people
Participants in a shared Zoom call
Original author(s) Eric Yuan
Developer(s) Zoom Video Communications
Initial release September 10, 2012; 8 years ago (2012-09-10)
Stable release
5.4.9 / January 11, 2021; 51 days ago (2021-01-11)
Operating system Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Available in 11 languages
Type Videoconferencing, VoIP, and Instant messaging
License Freemium

Zoom is a videotelephony software program developed by Zoom Video Communications. The free plan provides a video chatting service that allows up to 100 participants concurrently, with a 40-minute time restriction. Users have the option to upgrade by subscribing to a paid plan, with the highest allowing up to 1,000 participants concurrently, with a 30-hour time restriction.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a major increase in the use of Zoom and similar products for remote work, distance education, and online social relations. The increase led to Zoom being the 5th most downloaded mobile app worldwide in 2020 at 477 million downloads.

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