Zoom to temporarily lift its 40-minutes limit for Christmas, New Year

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Holidays are generally seen as the time for social gatherings, but this year with pandemic every get togethers will be happening in virtual platforms so for this Christmas and New Year the video communication software Zoom has offered to lift its 40 minutes limit.

Zoom Video Communications Inc, whose technology has become a feature of the household get-togethers in the 2020s, said it was removing the standard 40-minute meeting limit applicable on free accounts on all meetings globally for the holiday season.

This temporary relaxation will be for a few days in December and in early January, covering Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year. Earlier in November Zoom had removed its time limit for meetings on Thanksgiving Day.

“Whether coming together on the final day of Hanukkah, celebrating Christmas, ringing in the New Year, or marking the last days of Kwanzaa, those connecting with friends and family won’t get cut short,” a Zoom spokesman said.

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is getting high around the world forcing many people to stay home and plan gatherings with friends and family virtually.

Alphabet’s Google Meet has earlier said that its free users would not have to limit conversations to 60 minutes till March. Microsoft Teams and Cisco’s Webex, which got a huge customer base during the pandemic, have so far not announced any relaxation in meeting length caps.

With the outbreak of the pandemic, the American communication technology company Zoom witnessed a significant surge in its user base. The year-on-year revenue of the software quadrupled in the second quarter of 2020 to $777 million giving a profit of $198 million. The third-quarter report showed an increase of customer base by 63,500 when compare to July.