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Zoom Video Conferencing - "Host" or "Join a Meeting"
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. This solution offers audio, video, and screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms.
- To "host or schedule" a Zoom meeting, open browser to: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/ or click Login.
- To "Join a Meeting", if you have the Meeting ID or Personal Link Name, click Join a Meeting or click the meeting invitation link
Hosting a Meeting
- Basic Account: if you are hosting a Zoom meeting with a Basic account, the meeting time limit is 40 minutes.
- Pro Account: ** If you are hosting a meeting that will last longer than 40 minutes, please contact the Help Desk, 713-348-4357 to request a Zoom Pro account. If you are invited to "join a meeting", a Basic Account will be sufficient. (See Basic Account vs. Pro Account information below.)
Zoom Pro Licenses
In order to meet user demand for Zoom Pro licenses, the Pro license (unlimited time per host session) will be reclaimed if this account has not hosted a Zoom session for 30 days. The reclaimed account will be provisioned as a Basic license (limitation of 40 minutes per host session). If additional assistance is needed, please contact the Help Desk - firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 713-348-4357.
Basic Account vs. **Pro Account
| Account type
|| Basic Account
|| **Pro Account
| Meeting Duration
|| 40 minutes limit on group meetings
| How do I obtain?
||Free | Login: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/|| Open Help Desk ticket to request Pro Account (**See notes below)
| Video Conferencing features
| Web Conferencing features
| Group Collaboration features
** Zoom Pro Licenses: In order to meet user demand for Zoom Pro licenses, the Pro license (unlimited time per host session) will be reclaimed if this account has not hosted a Zoom session for 30 days.
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