Zoom is easy to use, and it's not just for video-conferences, screen-sharing, or holding webinars.

That's right - you can use Zoom like a telephone, for simple audio conferences.   

Here's how you can join someone's Zoom meeting if they send you a link:

1. Click on the link in the e-mail

2.  If you have never used Zoom, you will be asked to save the installer-file.

3.  Double-click on the installer to install Zoom.  Zoom will launch after it installs.

4.  You must choose to join the call by computer or telephone audio. 

a) For computer audio, you will need to have a working microphone and speakers.  A handy USB webcam takes care of both, and gives you the option of video.

b)  For telephone, click "join by telephone", then enter the telephone number, meeting ID, and participant ID.