Facebook has launched a fantastic new video-calling feature called “Messenger Rooms” that will allow teleconferencing with up to 50 users together without any time-limit. This new feature is available on both Facebook and Messenger; also, the feature will allow users to create a “room” from within the chat option either in the app and also invite anyone to join their video call, but they have a Facebook account.
According to Facebook, the chat rooms can be begun and shared through Groups, News Feed, and Events, this will make it easy to add new people to the chats. Also, the company says it will shortly add methods to create rooms from Instagram Direct, Portal, and WhatsApp as well. In the weekend, the company said in a blog post that “The new service will make it easy to use quality time with friends and loved ones.”
The launch follows the soaring demand of video chat applications like Zoom and Skype that have increased millions of new users over the past few weeks as social-distancing and Work-from-Home have become the new normal amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
In its official press release, Facebook said that“If your communities or friends create rooms that are open to you, you’ll view them on Facebook so you can easily search things to do and also the people to hang out. When you’re invited to a chat room, you can connect from your phone or computer; you do not need to download anything to get started”. Messenger Rooms have started rolling out in some countries and will expand to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.
Facebook is also developing the number of people that can be added to WhatsApp video and voice calls together. Shortly, users will be ready to have group voice and video calls with up to eight people with end-to-end encryption, the company said.