Giant video calling Zoom has announced that it will temporarily lift the 40-minute call limit to support users who cannot be with their families this Thanksgiving.
While paying users of the video conferencing service are not subject to call duration limitations, users of the free Zoom service is usually limited to 40-minute sessions, which can make for stilted Thanksgiving celebrations.
As announced through TwitterHowever, Zoom will remove this time limit for all users from 12:01 a.m.ET on Thanksgiving Day (November 26) to 6:00 a.m. the following day.
Time limit for video conference zooming
While nobody’s idea of a perfect Thanksgiving implies calling in to a family video conference, where travel and close contact are not advisable (and prohibited in some places) due to the coronavirus pandemic, the gesture can help every other day at the very least. a little more normal.
As the pandemic has progressed, Zoom – and video conferencing in general – has grown from a predominantly business-oriented tool to a service that millions of people rely on to maintain personal relationships.
Since March, quick check-ins, family reunions, birthday parties and more have all been held via video conferencing. Zoom quizzes became the medium of choice (albeit fleeting) for socializing with friends – and there were even a few Zoom weddings.
Zoom in on this growing trend and even launched its own AirBnB-like virtual event marketplace called OnZoom. The service provides Zoom customers with a centralized platform on which to promote, monetize and host any kind of online event, from fitness classes to piano classes and comedy shows.
Delimiting conference calls may seem like an insignificant gesture on Zoom’s part, but in the world we currently live in, the ability to communicate freely with others using the technology at our disposal is essential.
With recent spikes in infection also casting a shadow over Christmas celebrations, it remains to be seen whether Zoom will grant the same kindness in December.