Facebook is making several changes to its messaging platforms. Earlier there were reports of the integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, to make the system talk to each other in delivering unified experience throughout Facebook messaging platforms. Facebook launched Messenger Room the video conferencing platform, as a competition to Zoom, last month. Video conferencing apps are the most in-demand applications amid the COVID-19 crisis. Even, during the launch, the social networking giant mentioned that Messenger Room will be available as a feature across different platforms even in WhatsApp, Facebook-owned cross-platform messaging, and VoIP application. Messenger Rooms in WhatsApp, as a feature, will the fo
A Few days back the feature was seen on WhatsApp’s Beta version on Android. However, there are new reports saying this feature was spotted in the WhatsApp Web version. Even among WhatsApp web users, it’s available only select users. For other WhatsApp Web users and WhatsApp Android and iOS users, this functionality is still unavailable. Probably, it’s still in the testing phase as WhatsApp is working with Facebook on enabling the feature. As per the WABetainfo report, the feature is available as a shortcut on the WhatsApp web to select Messenger Rooms. The report says the feature was spotted in the attachments tab. If a user wants to perform video conferencing using Messenger Rooms from WhatsApp, the app will pop a message to confirm if the user wants to be redirected to Facebook Messenger to create a room.
After the user is redirected to Messenger Rooms, he can create a room right from Messenger and even invite people with whom video conferencing needs to be done, through invite links. The great thing about Messenger Rooms is that people who join the room need not have a Messenger application to participate in the calls. In fact, the joiners need not even have a Facebook account to participate. This is a very convenient feature mainly because this saves a lot of time and makes video conferencing more seamless. Facebook claims that up to 50 people can be accommodated in the call. The hosts can invite people through News Feed, Groups, and Events.
As part of integrating its messaging applications, even Instagram will have this feature available soon through Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and Portal. This is the first step in the integration of the three applications to enable more enhanced messaging opportunities to the huge userbase of these apps. We will have to wait and what will be next from the tech company.