WhatsApp Could Become An Alternative To Zoom As It Will Soon Allow 50-Participants Video Conversations On Desktop

WhatsApp might soon allow you to add more than 4 dozen participants in a video conversation on the desktop, which means that you will be able to make video calls with up to 50 participants on desktop too. If WhatsApp is able to do so, it will provide us an alternative to established video conferencing tools such as Google Meet, Skype, and Zoom for our digital meetup demands.

The eagle-eyed researchers at WABetainfo, the most popular WhatsApp feature tracking site, spotted the new function. Facebook recently released the new Messenger Rooms feature, which allows users to make video calls with up to 50 participants at a time. WhatsApp menu will display new shortcuts that will redirect the users to these Facebook Messenger Rooms. Users will be able to create rooms and send an invitation to other users to join the video conference. You can also create a room directly from WhatsApp by using the new option.

Facebook recently added a significant update to its WhatsApp messaging service allowing the users to make video calls with up to eight participants on smartphone devices. But these new shortcuts which Facebook is soon adding into its WhatsApp messaging service will provide users with an alternate option if they want to invite more participants to their video conferences.

Although Facebook will also make the new option available for iOS and Android users, but it’s the desktop support that makes it a game-changing tool. Desktop support of this feature makes it a viable alternative to popular video conferencing service providers such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype.

As the usage of video conferencing tools has surged amid the coronavirus lockdowns, Zoom has gained much popularity due to its user-friendly interface. It seems that Facebook is giving a fierce competition to Zoom by introducing improved video conferencing features, and this new feature providing users with the ability to make video calls with up to 50 people directly from WhatsApp will surely gain much popularity.

Facebook released the Messenger Rooms feature back in April. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook indicated during the release that the company would provide Messenger Rooms’ support across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and its Portal gadgets. Now, it seems that Messenger Rooms will be supported across Facebook’s family of apps sooner rather than later.

We are not yet sure when Facebook will make the option available in its WhatsApp messaging service or when the option will be available for public use. While WhatsApp menus with these new shortcuts can be seen in the install files for the latest WhatsApp beta version update, the shortcuts are not active. These new shortcuts are also not integrated into WhatsApp’s interface. There are no words from the company when these shortcuts will be active and integrated into the surface. We will update our readers once when we come to know more regarding this aspect.

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