I don’t get it why organizations still use Zoom. MS Teams (or, to a lesser extent Webex Teams) is much more powerful, because it gives you focused chat channels on top op conferencing, which actually reduces the need for conferencing, so people get more done. Plus they integrate with tons of other apps, so that everything you need is at your fingertips.
And yes, you can use those to call people outside your org.
100% this, if you want to get anything done together, video is mostly in the way, you need a shared workspace.
We only use video where it matters, e.g. for peer feedback, or to check in with other people to see how they’re doing. But in these cases it’s mostly about the people, and not about working.
Unless you have something that allows for collaborative editing, because that’s where the real fun starts. I haven’t used screen sharing in months, and I don’t miss it at all, since we have things like Miro and Confluence.
It may very well be the slang term for the clueless, who don’t see the difference.
If you have a screen with a border, they’re no problem at all. But you can also just use black masking tape, that’s reusable.
Being bothered by a crying child or a pet wandering past the camera is highly unprofessional, and a sure sign of an asshat. Just my $0.02
In the first week of the “lockdown” most of our teams “discovered” the simple rule that if you’re in a meeting with more than 2 other people, when you don’t talk, you mute your mic, regardless of circumstances. Becomes a habit very fast, and is incredibly helpful, because even sudden noises are no longer an interruption.