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JioMeet Rolling Out New Breakout Rooms, Layouts and More to Enhance Productivity

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Reliance Jio’s JioMeet video conferencing platform has announced a slew of updates targeted at small and medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprise customers. Users can enjoy features such as breakout rooms, multi-device support, file sharing, inviting participants while planning the meetings, and multiple video layout options, the company added in a statement. The exact rollout details remain unclear though more information from the company is expected soon. The homegrown video conferencing app with all the leading features will give stiff competitions to other platforms like Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Skype.

JioMeet’s new ‘breakout rooms’ feature will allow admins to divide participants into ‘rooms’ for better communication. Admins can also move participants in and out of the rooms during a video call. Additionally, the host can switch between different breakout rooms during a live video call. Whereas, the multi-device support, as the name suggests, will enable JioMeet meetings from multiple signed-in devices at the same time. Reliance Jio adds that users can be signed in to JioMeet on up to five devices simultaneously.

JioMeet is also making it easier for file sharing in a chat with the new update. Users can now send and receive files instantly during a conference call, giving them more power to collaborate and communicate effectively. Users are also getting new effects to customise how they appear or view participants during a video call. They can arrange the screen in a Gallery View that allows them to see nine participants in a grid pattern. Users can also arrange the screen in Active Speaker View, in which the speaker’s video comes at the centre with other participants’ video forming an L-shape screen.

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Notably, JioMeet hosts can now invite participants or groups (created in the JioMeet app) while planning the meeting. If the participant is already present in the host’s contact list, the meeting will be automatically added to their JioMeet calendar. Whereas, a host can further invite participants from external originations. The company says that new features will enable its users to communicate better via its video conferencing app. JioMeet app is available to download for free via Google Play Store (Android), Apple App Store (iOS), Windows, and Mac.

Disclaimer: News18.com is part of Network18 Media & Investment Limited which is owned by Reliance Industries Limited that also owns Reliance Jio.



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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Only Happening via Co-WIN Web Portal, No App for Beneficiaries Yet: Govt

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The government of India today initiated the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country. Earlier, it was stated that citizens would be able to register for COVID-19 inoculation via the Co-WIN app and website; however, the government has now clarified that the app (available on Google Play Store) is currently meant for administrators and not beneficiaries. It essentially means that people above 60 years of age and those over 45 with co-morbidities will need to register through the Co-WIN web portal. There’s no information about the app’s availability’s for eligible beneficiaries yet.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Health clarified, “There is no Co-WIN App for beneficiary registration. The App on Play Store is for administrators only.” The tweet added saying, “Registration and booking for an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination are to be done through Co-WIN portal (http://cowin.gov.in.).” Notably, in a conversation with News18, RS Sharma, chairman of the Co-Win panel, had indicated that eligible beneficiaries would be able to self-register via the Co-WIN portal and app alongside Aarogya Setu app from March 1 or March 2. It is likely that the app might start working for beneficiaries in the coming days.

Speaking of the Co-WIN web portal or Co-WIN 2.0, the website has been updated, and eligible beneficiaries can now register online. The government states that the first step of registration involves logging in via your 10-digit mobile number. After that, users will receive an OTP and will then need to register again by providing basic information and photo ID (Aadhaar card, driver’s license). Following that, select your nearby Vaccine Centre for COVID-19 vaccination and book the slot. Citizens can register as many as four family members with a single mobile number. As mentioned, the existing Aarogya Setu app will also seemingly get the same benefits. Recently, the app got a dedicated CoWIN section that provides statistics and access to links where beneficiaries can receive certificates.

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It appears that citizens cannot choose which vaccine they will get via the Co-WIN portal. They can choose the date and COVID-19 vaccine centre. Additionally, people aged above 45 years will have to upload a medical certificate mentioning their co-morbid conditions. Many private hospitals have also received certification to act as COVID-19 vaccine centres where they cannot charge more than Rs 250 per shot. COVID-19 vaccines are free of cost in government hospitals. Citizens who are not tech-savvy or do not own a smartphone can call the centre number — 1507. As mentioned, they can walk-in to the nearest centre and if there’s a vacancy.

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It is worth mentioning that several users have also taken to social media to raise concerns over the Co-WIN 2.0 or Co-WIN web portal. Many are claiming that website is buggy and aren’t to register only. In many cases, users are not receiving the OTP.



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