Zoom has launched a new feature called Immersive View which is equivalent to Shared mode in Microsoft Teams, and grouping participants into a single virtual background will make meetings much more engaging and collaborative. The feature was announced by Zoom at Zoomtopia 2020 and has already been rolled out for Windows and macOS desktop clients.
The Immersive View Zoom feature allows hosts to organize webinar attendees and panelists into one virtual backdrop. It brings everyone in the meeting (up to 25 participants) together in a fun virtual meeting room.
If there are more than 25 participants, the additional participants will be shown in a thumbnail strip at the top of the scene. To make the interaction more enjoyable, the meeting scene can be chosen by the host.
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According to the company, you need the Zoom desktop client running version 5.6.3 or higher on Windows or macOS to use this feature. Also, the macOS version must be High Sierra or later. If you don’t have Zoom yet, you can download it from its official website.
How to Use Immersive View on Zoom
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to enable and use Immersive View in Zoom.
1. Immersive View is enabled by default for all free and single Pro accounts. If you are an administrator, you can enable the feature from Account Management -> Account Settings -> Meeting (Advanced) -> Immersive View.
2. The meeting organizer may choose to enable Immersive View on Zoom. To use Immersive View in a meeting, click the button View in the top right corner.
3. From the list of options that appears, click Immersive Scene.
4. Now you can choose to manually or automatically assign participants to the space. Organizers can drag and drop to rearrange participants. Choose one of those options based on your preferences, after that choose a background, and click on Start.
5. There are 8 predefined scenes, including an art gallery, auditorium, meeting room, fireside chat, cafe, classroom, kitchen, and study room.
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So, that’s how to use Immersive View in Zoom. In case you were wondering, attendees who used the old version of Zoom will continue to see the gallery or speaker view instead of a classroom-like view.