Zoom - Meetings, Large Meetings, and Webinars - What are the differences?

The Meeting and Webinar platforms offer similar features and functionality but have some key differences. This article documents the major differences between Zoom meetings, large meetings, and webinars.

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Meetings - are designed to be a collaborative event with up to 300 participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance. 

Large Meetings - Are meetings that accommodate a larger number of simultaneous connections than a standard meeting.  Zoom changes the exact numbers infrequently but currently, Large Meetings accommodate 500 users in one meeting room.

Webinars - are currently licensed for 500 participants, but more seats can be purchased by UMS stakeholders.  They are designed so that the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio, and screen. Webinars allow view-only attendees. They have the ability to interact via Q&A, chat, and answering polling questions. The host can also unmute the attendees. 

The UMS has a limited number of webinar licenses available. In order to help determine whether you truly require the webinar platform, or perhaps whether a large meeting license would suffice, please review the following comparison chart.

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