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Zoom became a sensation during the pandemic when the demand for virtual meetings was at its highest, and the company grew exponentially in a short time. But now as the world opens up, Zoom is slowly moving into a more confined space, closing down support for platforms that were a necessity a short while back.

Zoom app on Chromebooks is the first casualty of this change, and from August 2022, the app will no longer work on this Google-centric notebook that runs on the ChromeOS platform. But you really don’t have to worry about this app becoming incompatible on Chromebooks. The old Zoom app was nothing but based on Chrome, which was effectively being phased out by the company for a new and improved version. The old app was neither secure and even lost support for updates that made it easy to bypass to breach any system. Google clearly wants to avoid such mishaps in the near future, hence shutting down this old app is the best way forward.

However, this does not mean that Chromebook users will not be able to use Zoom. The video conferencing platform had already launched a Progressive Web App for Chromebooks last year. Over time, Zoom has also released some significant updates for its PWA, bringing a lot of useful features including background blur to Chromebooks. Essentially, the Zoom Progressive Web App does not require high-end hardware and hence, it provides a smooth experience to Chromebook users.

Long live the Zoom PWA

The Zoom for Chrome PWA is a better-equipped version of what the original app was and one that acts more like what Zoom offers on Windows and macOS. The more full-featured app has a familiar UI alongside more advanced features including background blur. Even when we took an early look at the app when it launched, we were pretty happy with the improvements it brought.

Zoom PWA key takeaways

  • Customizable Gallery View (on supported machines)
  • Self-select Breakout Rooms
  • Live transcription
  • Live translation (with assigned interpreters)
  • A new background masking feature for privacy
  • Raised hand and meeting reactions

How to use the Zoom PWA on Chromebooks?

The new PWA is installable from the Google Play store (click the link, or search for ‘Zoom PWA’ or ‘Zoom for Chrome PWA’ in the Play store), and appears as an application on Chrome OS devices. Download the app, then either log in or join a meeting. Users can also install the new app directly from their web browser navigation bar as well as via central admin management. Stay tuned for more updates on Zoom, the Zoom Progressive Web Application and other related tech news and developments.

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