New Delhi | Jagran Tech Desk: The Facebook-owned Whatsapp is now en route to create a version of Messenger rooms for its popular instant messaging app as well. According to WABetaInfo, which does the beta testing the popular messaging app, a shortcut for Messenger Rooms has been enabled on WhatsApp Web version 2.2019.6 – which is under testing and can be expected to be rolled out for people in the coming weeks. This implies that Whatsapp will enable its users to connect with their peers via Messenger Rooms from their Computers or laptops.

The move comes in the wake of biggest ‘Work From Home’ exercise the world is going through due to the coronavirus crisis – which has led Facebook-owned Whatsapp to face a stiff competition from video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Google’s ‘Meet’ and Microsoft’s ‘Skype’ among others.

How will Whatsapp Messenger Room work?

According to WABetaInfor, the shortcut will appear under the ‘Attach’ icon alongside other options, clicking on which will take the user concerned to the Messenger Room’s tab, to begin a video call. The feature is also supposed to ask the users if they want to make either the currently available group video call or Messenger Rooms call from either Whatsapp Web or Facebook Messenger.

The report states that the host of the video will be able to send a link for the call and participants simply need to click on it to join. One will also be able to invite people to the video call via the Facebook news feed, events page, groups and so on. To join the video chat a person doesn't need to have a Facebook account or be friends with the host on Facebook, just a click on the link will enable the interaction.

Facebook launched ‘Messenger Rooms’ in April to take on ‘Zoom’ and other video conferencing interfaces.

Unlike ‘Zoom’, Messenger Rooms enable group video calls of up to 50 people with no time limit. Users can create a room using Messenger or Facebook, and invite their friends and family to join the video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The similar feature is going to be rolled out by Facebook on Whatsapp as well.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta