How Does Zoom Meeting Work?

Zoom seems like a highly praised video & audio conferencing service, but what is it exactly? Why would you even want to switch from Skype or another video chat solution to Zoom? How does Zoom Meeting work, after all?


Let’s try to give an answer to these questions below.

How Does Zoom Meeting Work?

Zoom basically is your regular video calling and conferencing app on steroids. Non-business video call apps do share some features with Zoom – HD video, audio, or screen sharing – but Zoom has a few things that make it stand out from solutions designed for personal use.


In fact, it’s arguably better than many other enterprise-oriented solutions like WebEx or GoToMeeting, though this will depend on your needs.


Among the features that Zoom Meeting offers are:

  • Up to 1,000-participant meetings.
  • Role assignment to participants.
  • Meeting scheduling.
  • Local & cloud meeting recording with transcripts.
  • Collaboration tools like co-annotations or whiteboarding.
  • Group messaging.
  • Multi-screen sharing.
  • Remote control of another participant’s screen.

Basically, Zoom Meeting is an enterprise solution aimed at delivering seamless conferencing and collaboration experience. It’s not exactly aimed at personal use since it’s arguably overkilling for it, though there is a free plan available for use by anyone.

At the very basics, Zoom allows you to:

  • Start meetings as a host and invite others.
  • Schedule meetings.
  • Join Zoom meetings without signing up with Zoom.

Zoom offers many other services like Zoom Rooms for local conferencing or Video Webinars for up to 10,000 attendees which are designed to enhance businesses’ collaboration experience, but they are separate from the base Zoom Meetings service.

How does Zoom ensure safety?

At the base of Zoom Meeting’s security is Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption along with AES 256-bit encryption. If you didn’t know, the US National Security Agency approved the 256-bit AES algorithm for top-secret information. This should be demonstrative enough of how safe Zoom is.

With paid plans, Zoom also provides role assignment, allowing you to provide access control to those who you trust. This also should allow an extra layer of security.

Zoom Meetings pricing

Zoom Meetings has 4 plans available – Basic, Pro, Business, and Enterprise – which we covered in-depth in a few of our posts.

The Basic plan is completely free, and it does provide solid functionality for small businesses or teams. However, for large-scale use, you will need to buy one of the paid plans. They are not that expensive though, and they do deliver a lot for the money.

The paid plans cost as follows:

  • Pro costs $14.99 per month per host if bought monthly or $12.49 if bought annually.
  • Business costs $19.99 per month per host if bought monthly or $16.66 if bought annually, but it requires you to buy at least 10 licenses.
  • Enterprise again costs $19.99 per month per host, but it requires you to buy at least 50 licenses.

What platforms is Zoom available on?

Zoom is available on:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Android
  • IOS
  • Linux

Zoom Meetings also provides some functionality at their web portal, but you do need to have the desktop client or mobile app to start or join meetings.

3 thoughts on “How Does Zoom Meeting Work?”

  1. What are the minimum hardware requirements? How many processors and how much RAM do I need? What versions of Window will it work on?

    I don’t want those chat things. Don’t have a use for that or anti-social media.

    I have also heard that your platform is full of security issues and you are being sued because of that.

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  2. I am a Zoom user and have run courses through the University of New Hampshire over the past two years. So I’m not a beginner. My main concern is that Zoom is very non-intuitive. I don’t struggle to set up a meeting nor share screens but I struggle to identify the screen I want to share and there is no simple step-by-step for dummies guide to the LOGIC that underpins the user experience. Can you point me towards a users’ guide for old men that is neither too complex nor too cute.? Something basic, clear, step by step and useful for the 90% of users who don’t need to understand all the nooks and crannies. Thanks
    Hugh Allen

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  3. See my previous comment. The BIG advantage that Skype has over you guys is that Skype is way more simple. BUT it hogs bandwidth. Is there, then, a way to get to use your platform that is simple and logical and step by step for the average user. I usually end up with 5 screens and don’t know what to press next. I write manuals a lot and I have always found that the person who understands the system the best is usually the worst at explaining it.. So, do you have a solution?

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