In this Coronavirus pandemic, many people are working from home. Our local TV news and weather people have live audio and video streaming from their homes for the daily news broadcast. Working from home has become the new norm.
This will continue after the crisis is over. Instead of going to an office or to a clients location, you will collaborate through an audio and video service.
I researched some web sites for the top call services. They have a similar mix of apps, just in a different order. Some of the web sites have organizations I never heard of. So, I like the ranking from Office Watch. Click here to read their review.
This is for modern web browsers and apps on Apple, Android and Microsoft platforms
Their top seven online call services are as follows:
FaceTime – handles up to 32 people
Skype – up to 50 people
WhatsApp – handles 4 people
Signal – one-on-one calls only
Zoom and Meetings – up to 100 people for the free version; 1000 for their enterprise paid version
Microsoft Teams and Live Events – can handle 4 participates, up to 10,000 for the paid version
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Is your business using Zoom for collaboration during the Coronavirus outbreak? Zoom has become a key tool for working at home and a top choice for vittual meetings. Zoom is free for one-on-one calls that last as long as you like. For three or more people, your calls are limited to 40 minutes. Zoom also has a paid version for an enterprise; it can handle 1000 people.There’s also a plan for small and medium businesses that supports up to 300 participates per call..
Zoom Meeting’s free account is generous. You can host up to 100 people on a call for free and you can see as many as 49 people on an active call in a gallery-style view. There’s no limit on how many meetings you can host.
So, how do we setup our contacts with coworkers using Zoom? In this post we offer insight on how to do this.
This post is for Windows 7 or greater, iPhone or iPad with iOS 7 or later, Android 4 or greater, Web browsers, Macs and the Zoom app or program
Before you Begin
Of course, you have already setup the app. Linking to other people in Zoom is necessary before you can call them. A person has to be added to your Zoom contacts list and they have to add you before a call is made.
Zoom contacts are separate from Outlook and other contacts list.
Zoom links people by matching email addresses. Some people have multiple email addresses; for example, personal and work or different ones for different purposes or multiple old email addresses.
Which Email Address to Use?
Before adding a person to your contacts list it’s a good idea to check with them on which email address they use to login to Zoom.
To check, they can click on their Zoom Profile in the top right where their name and address is displayed. Refer to below image:
Invite a Contact
To link with someone, in the Zoom app, go to the Contacts section, then click the plus “+ “symbol. See following image:
Enter the email address of the contact you want to add to Zoom. See below image:
Then you have two options:
Add Contact – sends a contact request to that person’s Zoom account.
Copy Invitation – copies to your clipboard with web link. Paste that into an email or instant message.
Refer to below image:
There is no need to paste the entire text, change it to suit you. The web link is the important part to pass along. Make sure you include the whole web link; it’s a long link using multiple lines.
Accept a Contact Request
If a participate adds you to their Zoom contact list, you’ll see a pop-up alert. See following image:
Or open your Zoom app/web page. Under Contacts look at Contact Requests. The request will be displayed with options to Accept or Decline. Refer to below image:
As you can see above, the Contact Requests you’ve made will also appear with their current status.
What to Do Next?
Now that you’ve linked with someone on Zoom, you can call them (voice, video, text, etc). If someone wants to invite you into a Zoom meeting, give them you Zoom linked email address.
That’s it on setting up your Zoom contacts. Try it out.
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Google Chrome is adding a new feature for controlling media within your Chrome browse on a desktop or laptop. Instead of trying to figure out where the video/sound is coming from, you can hear and/or see it in your Chrome browser. The update is rolling out gradually and is for Chrome version 79+. Instead of waiting for the update you can always go to the flags menu (see below) and manually trigger the new media playback controls.
This is for any device that uses Google Chrome.
Check Chrome Version
First, let’s check what version of Chrome you have; just follow these steps:
Click on the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen, the one with 3 dots
Click on Help
Click on About Google Chrome
Your Chrome browser version number is displayed like the example below:
If you have a lower a version than 79, let’s try to update by doing the following:
Click on Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen, the one with the 3 dots
Click UpdateGoogle Chrome. Note! If you don’t see this button, you’re on the latest version.
Setup Media Control
Type in chrome://flags as the URL like the screenshot below:
Type in Global Media Controls as your Search, like the example below:
Click on the Default drop down box and select Enabled
Click the Relaunch button in the lower right of the screen
Type in chrome://flags as the URL
Type in Global Media Controls as your Search
Your screen should show the Global Media Controls Enabled like the screen below:
After a browser restart, a Play button should show up whenever you have media playing.
If you don’t see the option, head to YouTube and play a video. A Play button should show up next to the address bar. Clicking on it will display the media content like title, source of the content, the play/pause and skip buttons. This feature works for lots of websites to include Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Dailymotion and Microsoft.
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