Zoom ditches 40-minute limit for ALL schools affected by coronavirus

POPULAR video conference platform Zoom has a new offer for schools having to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The video chat app usually has a 40-minute meeting limit on free Basic accounts but will be removing this for schools all over the world.

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Schools in countries like the UK, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Norway, Portugal, and Switzerland can benefit from the scheme.

You can head to the Zoom website to have the minute limit lifted for your school.

Teachers will have unlimited access to Zoom to teach up to 100 participants at a time.

They can also take advantage of tools like non verbal feedback and white boarding.


Zoom is also offering live daily training webinars for both students and educators.

Recorded multi-language training is avaliable in German, Japanese, Korean and English.

Zoom previously lifted the 40 minute limit for meetings of more than two participants in China.

The company most recently revealed on its blog: "Zoom has lifted the 40-minute meeting limit on free Basic accounts for K-12 schools in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

"Request to have the minutes limit lifted for your school here."

What is Zoom?

Here's what you need to know…

  • Popular chat app Zoom is best-known for offering video calls – including calls with huge numbers of people
  • There's a free tier with unlimited meetings, but these group chats are capped at 40 minutes
  • The most expensive tier gets you meetings with up to 1,000 participants, but there are cheaper options
  • Perhaps the only downside is that Zoom has had privacy issues in the past, which may put some businesses off

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