Zoom to introduce end-to-end encryption, as it sees well over 300 million daily meeting participants
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Zoom to introduce end-to-end encryption, as it sees well over 300 million daily meeting participants

Zoom to introduce end-to-end encryption, as it sees well over 300 million daily meeting participants

Zoom wrapped up its annual Zoomtopia event yesterday, unveiling a swathe of new features and statistics. Prime among these was the confirmation that end-to-end encryption (E2EE) would finally come to the platform.

  • "We’re excited to announce that starting next week, Zoom’s end-to-end encryption (E2EE) offering will be available as a technical preview, which means we’re proactively soliciting feedback from users for the first 30 day," the company said in a blog post
  • In the past, Zoom had drawn criticism for not being able to keep up with growing security demands after seeing its platform explode in popularity overnight, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The company also announced a list of other new features and notable statistics at the event

Zoom wrapped up its annual Zoomtopia event yesterday, unveiling a swathe of new features and statistics. Prime among these was the confirmation that end-to-end encryption (E2EE) would finally come to the platform.

"We’re excited to announce that starting next week, Zoom’s end-to-end encryption (E2EE) offering will be available as a technical preview, which means we’re proactively soliciting feedback from users for the first 30 day," the company said in a blog post. "Zoom users – free and paid – around the world can host up to 200 participants in an E2EE meeting on Zoom, providing increased privacy and security for your Zoom sessions."

In the past, Zoom had drawn criticism for not being able to keep up with growing security demands after seeing its platform explode in popularity overnight, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Zoom bombing' and other issues quickly become apparent, and while Zoom tried to alleviate concerns by noting that it uses end-to-end encryption, it turned out that the company was using its own definition of the term, and not the E2EE standard we are all familiar with. 

Zoom went out of its way to quickly solve this issue, acquiring Keybase, a secure messaging and file-sharing service, back in May. It said at the time that the acquisition "will accelerate Zoom’s plan to build end-to-end encryption that can reach current Zoom scalability." Now, we are seeing the results of this deal. 

Other new features announced at Zoomtopia
Zoom announced a slew of other new features at the event, including: 

  • OnZoomA one-of-a-kind online event platform for Zoom users to create and host free, paid, and fundraising events. Hosts can grow their businesses, expand their reach into new audiences, and give back through native donation integration. Zoom users can discover these events and sign up for new experiences with additional functionality like gifting tickets and an attendee dashboard to keep tabs on favorite events and brands.
  • Customizable SDK: Zoom is adding new enhancements to its SDKs, enabling developers and companies to enrich their own custom video-based applications with Zoom’s platform, available now on Android, iOS, and web. Developers can take advantage of a customizable UI and session control, making it easier for them to bring high-quality video, audio, and instant chat to their applications.
  • Zapps: Zapps enable developers to create apps that power workflows before, during, and after the meeting. Zoom has brought first and third-party developed apps into the meeting experience for real-time adoption. Zapps are designed to give developers a fast and flexible web view canvas to create apps, viral distribution, and IT deployment and manageability. Over 25 launch partners have joined Zoom.
  • Personal workspace hardware certification: With long-term remote work becoming more prevalent, Zoom is expanding its hardware certification program to include personal workspace devices. The additional hardware types include personal and portable USB and Bluetooth speakerphones such as the new Poly Sync 20, webcams, and all-in-one desktop systems.

More of these features can be found here

Notable statisticsZoom CEO Eric S. Yuan during the event's opening keynote.
In his opening keynote, CEO Eric S. Yuan announced a list of notable statistics, chief among them was that the platform now supports over 3 trillion annualized meeting minutes, and regularly sees well over 300 million daily meeting participants. 

Zoom's iOS app was also ranked number one on the App Store for 68 consecutive days at the peak of the first COVID-19 wave, from March 16th to May 23rd. 

Yuan said that it his company has offered more than 125,000 K-12 schools Zoom tools for free, while providing more than 35000 educators a 2-day training program at the Zoom Summer Academy. 

Additionally, Yuan said that Zoom has done its part for the environment too, preventing the emissions of more than 45 million metric tons of COso far this year as a result of people conducting their meetings online through their service. 

Finally, Zoom has continued to receive industry and public recognition, including its 5th consecutive placement as a Leader in the October 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for meeting solutions. The company also placed #6 on the Fortune Change the World list, and earned the Frost & Sullivan 2020 Global Company of the Year Award for Connected Work.

Zoomtopia hosted over 90 educational sessions, over 250 speakers, business leader and celebrity appearances, and was the company's largest iteration yet.

Learn how it became the giant it is today: The shocking rise of one relatively unknown firm by the name of Zoom Video Communications

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