Zoom is slowly moving away from its primary focus on video conferencing configuration, and soon it will have a product competing with Gmail in the market.
According to a report from The Information, Zoom is going to call its mailing client Zmail (zero points for creativity), and even have a Calendar app called Zcal. Zoom is expected to make the product announcement at its annual Zoomtopia conference, which is likely to take place in November this year.
Zoom had a big push during the pandemic when work-from-home meetings and virtual sessions became the necessities of the hour. Microsoft, Google and even WhatsApp tried to raise the level to some extent, but Zoom saw a huge increase due to its readiness and ease of use.
Now the video conferencing platform is ready to challenge a behemoth like Gmail, which has billions of users around the world, and on various devices, including even those using the Apple iPad, iPhone, or even the MacBook.
Like Chrome, Gmail managed to eat up the share of previous mailing giants like Yahoo and Rediffmail. Microsoft has its own Outlook to offer, but its use is mostly limited to businesses, while Gmail serves consumers as well as the business.
So, as you can clearly see, Zoom will have a greater challenge finding buyers in this arena. It’s been working on the platform for over two years now, so hopefully it will manage to grab enough eyeballs once it launches.
The company is also making changes to its platform, renaming its video conferencing tool as Zoom Team Chat, which should be coming to your screen in the coming weeks. Going by the name of Zmail, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the company use an interface similar to Gmail, which won’t be the worst thing to offer at first.
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