Zoom wants to make meetings more interesting by putting us in courtrooms, more

Zoom Immersive View
Zoom Immersive View (Image credit: Zoom)

Zoom on Mac

Zoom on Mac (Image credit: Zoom)

What you need to know

  • Zoom has announced the launch of Immersive View, a new feature that should make meetings more interesting.
  • Users can meet in virtual courtrooms and other settings.

Zoom today announced, a feature that allows users to appear as if they are in a virtual courtroom, office, or other setting. They can also make it appear as if meeting-goers are inside picture frames, too.

Yes, that's a thing. So long as you have 25 or fewer people in your meeting.

Whether you want to create the feeling of being in a classroom, a boardroom, a conference auditorium, or your favorite place to catch up with friends, Zoom's Immersive View assembles up to 25 participants in one fun, consistent meeting environment.

Meeting and webinar hosts can select Zoom's Immersive View the same way they would select the Speaker or Gallery View. When enabling Immersive View, hosts will have the option to automatically or manually place participants into a virtual scene of their choosing. Hosts can also easily move participants around that scene and even resize a participant's image for a more natural experience.

The new Immersive View feature is available even on the free Zoom tier, although users will need to have updated to the latest version of the app across macOS and Windows. There's no mention of this working on iPhone or iPad, unfortunately.

Now that you're going to look like you're actually in a meeting, maybe it's time to bag yourself the best headphones for Zoom so you look the part, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.