As the holidays near now-household known tech/communication company Zoom is already feeling the giving spirit as they announced they are doing away with the meeting time limit of its free meetings for Thanksgiving so virtual family gatherings won’t be interrupted.
On Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26 2020, the 40-minute limit on its free minutes will be lifted globally.
Without the pandemic Zoom probably would remain in the realm of business-only instead of being not only a household name, but a tool that everyday people are using to connect with friends and family.
The platform wasn’t being particularly stingy with it’s 40 minute limit on free meetings as users could simply and quickly just start up another meeting at no cost. Between this and ease of use Zoom is the popular choice among students, teachers and families for group video conferencing.
Paid annual plans are in the $150-$200 range for unlimited meeting minutes making it even more affordable than many cellphone plans (assuming on already has an internet connection and a Zoom capable device).
Without speculating on the duration of the pandemic, many believe that Zoom style education, family interaction and business will remain in the popular domain even after life gets back to normal.