Facebook has officially rolled out its latest product Messenger Rooms which provides the facility of video calling with 50 participants. The service is completely free to use and is now available on both desktop and smartphone.
To make a video call with 50 people, the users are supposed to create rooms and share the invite link with the people they want to add. Users can drop the invite link in any group, share it in their news feed or in the form of a message.
The best part about the Messenger Rooms is that someone who doesn’t have a Facebook account can also join the room through the sharable link.
Perks of Messenger Rooms
Messenger Vice President, Stan Chudnowsky, mentioned in an official blog post that the users who will create the room will have full control over adding and removing people from the room. Users can also lock the rooms if they don’t want anyone else to join it.
To create a room on Facebook Messenger, users have to make sure that they have the latest version of Facebook or the messenger app in their Android smartphones or iPhones. Chudnowsky also said that the company will look forward to adding more features to the Messenger Rooms in the upcoming months.
Facebook has challenged the newly emerged video calling app, Zoom Meetings, by the rollout of its new feature. Zoom attracted a large audience due to its capacity of 100 people video conference service.
However, Messenger Rooms outclasses Zoom in terms of time cap as the unpaid zoom meetings are available for 40 minutes whereas you can stay for unlimited time on video conference if you are using Messenger Rooms.
Previously, Facebook also launched an 8-people group video calling feature for WhatsApp to tackle the HouseParty app. However, the feature is only available for the beta users of WhatsApp as of now. As per the speculations, it will be launched for the stable version soon.
In case, you are looking for video conference apps in this pandemic quarantine, you can refer to our list of Zoom alternatives.