Zoom: Recent Changes

Task: This article provides a list of recent changes to Zoom. 



Zoom has released a number of new features and functionality in recent months. Below is a short list that you can utilize now: 

Ability to set Focus Mode while scheduling 

  • This feature gives the host and co-hosts a view of all participants’ videos without other participants seeing each other. This extends into screen sharing, as the host and co-host can view and switch between each participant’s shared screen, while the participants can only view their own content. If the host finds a participant’s content should be shared with others, they can easily begin sharing the participant’s screen with others. 

  • Learn more at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360061113751-Using-focus-mode-  

Ability to record gallery view (up to 25 participants) 

  • If you are in gallery view, the recording will be similar to the meeting client and display a grid layout of participants' video. The gallery view recording can display a maximum of 25 participants. 

Ability to rename Breakout Rooms 

  • You can do this by clicking on the Breakout Room of your choice and then clicking the pencil icon, which will allow you to rename the room.  

Ability to have a two-way chat with Waiting Room participants 

  • The meeting Host and Co-hosts can now chat back-and-forth with participants in the Waiting Room. Waiting Room messages can be sent to all participants in the Waiting Room or just individual participants. Only the host/co-host can see responses from those in the Waiting Room.  

Ability to reclaim host setting after disconnecting from a meeting 

  • When the original host of a meeting rejoins, they are now given the option to reclaim host controls or remain as a participant or co-host, in order to not disrupt the current host. This feature requires version 5.8.3 or higher. 

Ability to stop incoming video to save bandwidth 

  • If you need to preserve bandwidth for shared content, or want to avoid mental fatigue from viewing multiple, active video participants, you can easily stop all incoming videos. This will only affect your view of the meeting, while others are unaffected and unaware. 


Users should have a better understanding of new features in Zoom. 

Further reading:

Focus Mode

Enable Stop Incoming Video to Save Bandwidth 

Steps to Stop Incoming Video to Save Bandwidth


Need additional help?

Please fill out the Zoom Web Conferencing help form with as much detail as possible, or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus. 


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