Zoom Gets New Rival As Facebook Messenger Rooms Launches 50-Way Video Calls


Video calling software is currently very popular, with Zoom the primary beneficiary. Now Facebook wants more from the video calling market and has introduced a new tool called Messenger Rooms.

As Facebook explains in a blog post, Messenger Rooms is not a separate application but rather a feature that can be launched from existing Facebook or Messenger applications.

Especially in the battle for eyeballs with Zoom, other people can join a Messenger Rooms chat without a Facebook account, and there is support for up to 50 participants. And you can also play with virtual, Zoom-style backgrounds.

“Host celebrations, gather a book club, or just hang out on the couch with friends,” suggests Facebook. “You don’t have to call someone and hope it’s the right time or check everyone’s calendar first. “

All about video chat

Facebook says it will soon add Messenger Rooms integration to Instagram, WhatsApp and the video caller portal, so you can access video chat from any app or device you find.

This follows on from the unified Windows and macOS Messenger app that Facebook launched last month. The social network sees more and more traffic on its different applications and wants to make sure that the connection is as simple as possible.

In another nod to how we all use video chat a lot more these days, Facebook has also reinstated the Live With feature for live broadcasts, where two people can join the same livestream. The feature was removed in November because it didn’t add enough “value,” according to Facebook at the time.

The deployment of Messenger Rooms – which Facebook says will happen in the coming weeks – is another way to stay in touch with friends and family while we are all closed and separated inside.


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