Over the past year and a half, we have seen video conferencing take the centre stage as a platform for people to communicate and collaborate with. With the meteoric rise of the hold that virtually talking over someone on the Internet has on us though, how does the future bode for technology like this?

Zoom as we know it, was first released back in 2012, but services like Skype ruled the roost back in those days. It wasn’t until the timely inception of Discord and other chat room-based applications, that Skype, finally (sort of) kicked the bucket and remains a relic of Microsoft’s past and bloatware on many computers.

COVID-19 then played a gigantic part of keeping people up to date via video conferencing. Business’ used this as a key way of keeping in touch during the pandemic.

As of this year, according to Zoom, over 300 million people use the application, which was an increase of 2900% since the end of 2019.

What does the future contain for these platforms, though?

Already, we are seeing live audio transcription features being added to these platforms for people who struggle with hearing and other disabilities.

Virtual spaces where people can create avatars and interact with each other are also becoming the norm. Video games such as Minecraft, Second Life and others have all been used to conference calls.

On that topic as well, there is a whole slew of virtual spaces that are up and coming, including Skittish and Gather.

HD audio and video for everyone on call is something that is also being looked into. No longer will there be any stuttering or lag when speaking to someone, and you’ll be able to see whoever you’re talking to in crystal clear quality.