Zoom rolls out automatic updates for its desktop app

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Zoom has finally brought automatic updates to its applications for Windows and macOS.

By now, people are probably familiar with Zoom’s launch of the app, being told it needs to be updated and then sent to its website to download the latest version for its desktop client. Technically, Zoom previously offered automatic updates, but only for corporate clients. They are now accessible to everyone.

It’s more than just a change in the quality of life. Installing the latest version of Zoom (and other apps) as soon as it’s available is a must for security-conscious video chats. Using an older version of the software leaves devices vulnerable to vulnerabilities.

“Automatic updates help our users easily receive important security fixes and useful features, improving their overall experience with the Zoom platform,” Jeromie Clark, Technical Product Manager at Zoom. said. “We are delighted to support our users with this exciting new feature, which we will continue to evolve in the months to come. “

Clark says Zoom will allow users to choose from two update frequencies: a “Slow” setting that “provides less frequent updates and focuses on maximizing stability” or a “Fast” setting that provides ” the latest features and updates as they become available. ” Updates related to critical vulnerabilities will be sent to everyone immediately.

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Zoom enables automatic updates for most non-professional users. However, users can decide to disable the setting or ignore a particular update. (Although it is then installed the next time the app is launched.) This makes the most secure option the default setting while still giving Zoom users the freedom to decline a given update.

Automatic updates should be available now in the Zoom apps for Windows and macOS; Linux is not supported.

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