Zoom could be developing an email service and calendar app in a bid to take on Google and Microsoft
- A report reveals Zoom is developing a web email and calendar service
- The firm is developing the email service that could rollout next year
- It is said to be studying a calendar application but no dates for its release
- The move pits Zoom against Google and Microsoft that offer all these services
The videoconferencing powerhouse Zoom owned the space this year due the coronavirus shuttering people into their homes, but as 2020 comes to an end the firm is looking to expand into other markets – specifically email and calendar services.
A report from The Information states Zoom may rollout a web email service as early as next year and a calendar app sometime in the future.
The new additions would pit the firm against Google and Microsoft, which offer both services, along with videoconferencing products.
Zoom may also be looking ahead as the vaccine for the coronavirus is starting to make its way to the public who may soon be returning to work – leaving behind their digital meetings for in-person get-togethers.
A report from The Information states Zoom may rollout a web email service as early as next year and a calendar app sometime in the future
Zoom became a staple for millions of Americans and even more people living across the globe this year due to the coronavirus forcing people out of the office and into a home workspace.
However, the firm is not letting the potential end of the pandemic be the end of its success and may be looking into other competitive markets to keep its winning streak going.
According to The Information, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Zoom has already started working on a web email service and could rollout a beta version next year.
Another person told The Information Zoom is looking at a calendar application, but it is not clear when the firm will start developing the product.
The new additions would pit the firm against Google (pictured) and Microsoft, which offer both services, along with videoconferencing products
As of now, Zoom has 350 million daily meeting participants, which is a tremendous jump from this time last year – it had, on average, 10 million.
Zoom was also the most-downloaded iPhone and iPad add this year as well and the company has seen four times the revenue in 2020 than what it raked in last year.
However, recently the firm’s success hit a bump in the road following the news of Pfizer’s vaccine being effective in late-stage trials.
As soon as the story broke in November, Zoom’s stock immediately dropped by nearly 20 percent – but it is still up by nearly 500 percent from this time in 2019.
Aparna Bawa, Zoom’s chief operating officer, told Recode: ‘Hopefully we provide a good enough service — and it’s my true intention that we provide a good enough service — that people want to use us, calamity or not.’
Although Bawa has hopes of loyal customers, the report from The Information suggests Zoom is not taking any chances and will expand its horizon’s to include more revenue generating services, with the hopes of keeping its success.