Apps between us in Zoom

Yesterday I talked about potential future variants of Zoom. The idea would be to have something more open in terms of the stuff that could be seen and manipulated on the screen between you and me.

In particular, I’m thinking there could be a sort of App Store, in which vendors would create plug-ins that enhance functionality and interaction in various ways. One vendor might add a slide creation tool or shared text editor that would be superimposed right over the videos of participants. Another vendor might add a 3D character animation tool. A third might add some sort of cooperative video editing suite, another a customizable appearance filter.

Not every app would be successful. Some apps would be wildly popular, while others would languish. But that’s the beauty of the app store model — if there is an audience for any given app, that app will eventually find its audience.

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