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Zoom: New Features Fall 2023

July 19, 2023
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What's New Exactly

An upcoming Zoom update brings a number of functional quality of life features to the virtual classroom. In order to enjoy these updates please ensure that you are on the latest client version of 5.12.0. 

Waiting Room Updates

An updated UI showing you camera and audio settings before being let in or while waiting for the host. Those hosting will now be able to introduce a waiting room message. (Learn more)

Zoom waiting room: Updated ui with new settings for camera and audio.

Poll Influenced Breakout Rooms

Breakout rooms can now be created based on how participants answer to a posted Zoom poll. Information as to how to properly use this feature is listed here via Zoom support.  

Enhanced Chatting

Participants are now able to format text, reply and create a thread, as well as use emojis. (Learn more

Zoom chat thread: with emoji reactions present

Q&A features

Anyone will be able to ask questions and only the host and co-hosts will be able answer. (Learn more)

Meeting Timer

Displays elapsed time since meeting start or how much time is left in the meeting. (Learn more


Getting help

For more information regarding zoom related practices please visit the OIT Zoom Help Page