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The Zoom Client is Now Zoom Workplace

On April 15, 2024, version 6.0.0 of the Zoom client app began to be rolled out to customers. Reflecting Zoom’s expanding set of features, the updated Zoom client is now branded as “Zoom Workplace.” Cornell account holders will notice this branding in the desktop application and when connecting to meetings and webinars.

The application user interface has been refreshed and offers some significant changes to the client and meeting interfaces, both functional and cosmetic.

Operating System Compatibility

The version 6.0.0 Zoom app now requires Windows 10 or iOS 13. Those still running Windows 8 or lower, or iOS versions 12 or lower, will be unable to upgrade past Zoom version 5.17 (which will only be updated with important security enhancements, and not feature improvements). Similarly, older Android devices that do not have an ARM processor will be unable to upgrade to the Zoom mobile app version 6.0.0 and beyond.

Zoom Client Interface Changes

In addition to displaying new Zoom Workplace branding, the previously separate Meeting and Calendar tabs have been merged to provide better calendar visibility and ease of use.

Updated Zoom v6 app home page showing new branding as Zoom Workplace and new Meetings tab, incorporating the old Schedule tab

Users can now choose from several color themes, including the expected Light and Dark themes. Those using Light theme can apply an additional color theme, including Classic (black), Bloom (blue), Agave (green), and Rose (red). These theme settings are found in the Zoom client Settings on the General tab, under the Theme heading.

Themes, when applied, change the appearance of both the Zoom client and the meeting interface. Only participants running Zoom version 6 or greater will see these customizations to meetings applied by the host, however.

A new Portrait lighting setting, located in participants’ personal Video settings, will highlight the participant and dim the light level of the background.

Zoom In-Meeting Interface Changes

The appearance of button icons on the meeting toolbar has been refreshed, and the names of several features have been slightly updated. For example, “Share Screen” is now simply “Share,” “Reactions” is now “React,” and the End and Leave buttons now have icons.

Security features previously accessed through the Security button are now found under Host Tools.

The order of buttons on the Zoom app toolbar and the In-Meeting Toolbar can now be personalized by dragging and dropping each to a new location.

Some buttons may have moved from where you may remember them being. Features or options that appear to be missing can likely be found by selecting More (three dots). Items within the More menu can be dragged and dropped back out to the main toolbar.

The Meeting Information (shield) icon has moved from the upper left to the upper right corner of the meeting interface, now next to link to meeting View options. As before, clicking this icon will display information about the current meeting ID, host, link, and other details.

Updated Zoom v 6 meeting interface showing refreshed branding, new Meeting Information icon, and updates to toolbar button names and icons

Multi-Speaker View

The new meeting interface now provides useful new View options, including a Multi-Speaker view, available during meetings of more than five participants. When selected, the Multi-Speaker view adapts the layout to emphasize the most recently active speakers, while keeping other participants in a smaller gallery.

Zoom v 6 offers a new Multi-Speaker View option that highlights the participants who have most recently and frequently spoken at the top, and shows others in a smaller gallery below

Reaction Emojis and Annotation Changes

Zoom’s annotation tools for shared screens have a new look and feel, and options for magnification and annotation previously found under View Options can now be accessed by selecting the three dots icon next to the label of the Share view.

Participant reactions now optionally include more dynamic animated emoji effects. When one uses the React feature with several common emojis, the Send with Effect option will produce animated versions of the reaction, with emojis appearing and floating up and around the user. React now also offers a wider variety of standard emojis.

Hosts can restrict the use of emojis in their meetings in their Zoom personal account Settings. (Go to Settings, then choose Meetings and In Meeting (Basic), then scroll to the Meeting reactions heading.

What Has Not Changed for Cornell Zoom Accounts

Be aware that some new collaboration features, which Cornell users may see mentioned in Zoom promotional and support materials, have not been implemented at Cornell. These include Mail and Calendar, Phone, and Zoom Clips.

The new Zoom AI Companion features, which allow an AI-powered assistant to provide summaries, chapter headings, highlighted topics and talking points, and participant action items from meetings and cloud recordings, are not currently available, but are under review by Cornell IT governance for future use.


Zoom offers full Release Notes for this release, but Cornell account holders are cautioned that not all described features have been implemented at Cornell.

Visit the IT@Cornell documentation at Zoom. Cornell Zoom account holders who encounter issues using Zoom during Cornell meetings or webinars can contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.



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