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[Zoom] For schools (K-12) - Zoom lifts 40 minute limit on free accounts

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For schools (K-12) - Zoom lifts 40 minute limit on free accounts

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As of March 23 applies to Canadian schools too

https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/ ... -learning/

As for my own experience. We tried Zoom and Google Hangouts for Jackbox sessions with friends. Zoom was by far the winner in our informal testing. Much better audio and video streaming overall.
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There's potential security issues with zoom.

See here

Using a virtual machine can get over some of these issues, but not all.

Jitsi is a free, web-based, open-source tool that does not need an account, if anyone's looking for an alternative. It has apps, and works with most browsers (some of which have extensions)

Just a heads up :)
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trucanuck wrote: Was in a zoom call this week with family when this happened. Kind of liked the 40 minute limit with my family....
I don't understand the hype with Zoom. Skype does the same thing for meetings below 25 people, and there's no limit! But I'm not telling some of my acquaintances that....
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chevyz07 wrote: I don't understand the hype with Zoom. Skype does the same thing for meetings below 25 people, and there's no limit! But I'm not telling some of my acquaintances that....
You mean skype has attendant limit to max 25? Thanks
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Zoom is very easy to use.
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Isn't Google Meet the easiest? No program or app required. Just a browser and works on any device. Supports hundred of simultaneous users in one chat.

Everyone just goes to meet.google.com

Or am I missing something?
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does Skype offer breakout rooms like zoom? cant find it on their site.
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Zoom has a setting to use "original sound", very usefulfor online music lessons so the background noise and low volume noise doesn't get noise reduction applied. Google it if you want more info. I honestly haven't investigated the other tools to see if they have something similar but I didn't see it on a quick search.
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We used zoom at work. After researching extensively through all the different video conference solution, Zoom is actually by far the easiest to use and best picture and sound quality. It's a bandwidth hog, but you can't beat how smooth it is.
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My office just finished a 22 person meeting this morning and we got booted off after the 40 min limit. Btw, poor zoom is getting royally ripped off; I don't know of a single team that's actually paying for the corporate accounts.
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smartie wrote: You mean skype has attendant limit to max 25? Thanks
For video calls. Audio is even more, 50 I think
timeoninternet wrote: Zoom is very easy to use.
meet.google.com is even easier, so again still no reason why there's so much hype around Zoom
Raimond wrote: Isn't Google Meet the easiest? No program or app required. Just a browser and works on any device. Supports hundred of simultaneous users in one chat.

Everyone just goes to meet.google.com

Or am I missing something?
Yeah if you want to talk ease of access meet.google.com is even easier
yeesun wrote: does Skype offer breakout rooms like zoom? cant find it on their site.
No it doesn't, at least not for Skype personal.
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Raimond wrote: Isn't Google Meet the easiest? No program or app required. Just a browser and works on any device. Supports hundred of simultaneous users in one chat.

Everyone just goes to meet.google.com

Or am I missing something?
Been told by some aussie that it has to do with the codec quality mostly

Google hangout/meet can't run on a shit connection in the sticks while zoom works great.

Don't know if its true, my kids are using it and today the teacher tried to play a basic mp4 video through her screen and it was showing stills of every 2-3 secs.. That's with everyone having fiber 200/200 to 1000/1000 or uncapped 4g.
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From experience zoom simply performs better overall than hangout when it's more than a simple 1 on 1 meeting. I'm not even considering skype.
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drgrittani wrote: Zoom has a setting to use "original sound", very useful for online music lessons so the background noise and low volume noise doesn't get noise reduction applied. Google it if you want more info. I honestly haven't investigated the other tools to see if they have something similar but I didn't see it on a quick search.
Here's a good explanation https://networkphil.com/2020/03/23/opti ... ic-lesson/ .
And we use a zoom (coincidence that it is the same name I think) H2 as an external microphone as explained here


And if anyone wants online cello lessons, I have professional family members who are doing this now. PM if interested. One is currently (until the recent shutdown) subbing for the the TSO.

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