Zoom is considering expanding to email, messaging, calendar to compete with productivity platforms

Zoom is considering expanding to email, messaging, calendar to compete with productivity platforms

Zoom is planning its next act. The video communications company is considering expanding to email, messaging, and calendar services, in a bid to to rival productivity giants like Microsoft and Google, The Information reported Wednesday.

Zoom already integrates with third-party productivity platforms, like Dropbox and Asana, but now has begun work on a “next generation” email platform the Information reported, citing anonymous sources. However, the report notes that the project is in its early stages.

Zoom did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The COVID-19 pandemic made Zoom a household name, becoming the video-conferencing service of choice for schools, businesses, and social events.

In the second quarter of the 2021 financial year, the company’s revenue totaled $663.5 million, more than it made in all of 2019, Business Insider previously reported.

But now, as the first vaccines roll out and experts say there’s an end to the pandemic in sight, the company is eyeing a way to stay on top, even after employees return to offices.

With such massive adoption in 2020, Zoom’s video conferencing gains are likely to be pretty incremental going forward, so additional products will be key to helping the company develop, analysts previously told Business Insider. Besides video calls, the company also offers a cloud phone service called “Zoom Phone,” and conference room products called “Zoom Rooms.”

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