WhatsApp Is Testing Video Conferencing With 50 People Support On Desktop


In a bid to challenge Skype, Zoom and Google Meet, Facebook last month announced Messenger Rooms, a video conferencing tool that allows up to 50 people partake in the video call. Now the social giant is bringing the feature also to WhatsApp Web and its desktop client.

Spotted by WABetaInfo, the feature was seen in the beta version of WhatsApp Web. There exists a shortcut in the menu of WhatsApp which will link the user to Facebook Messenger Rooms, where the user can create a room and invite up to 50 people to join in the video call.

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WhatsApp users will be able to create a room from WhatsApp or Messenger and then invite anyone to join via links. The people joining the call don't need to have a Facebook or Messenger account to be able to participate in the video call.


Last month, WhatsApp rolled out an update that saw the messaging service increased support from 4 participants in a video call to 8 participants. However, there are people whom this might not still meet their need for video conferencing call.

When Messenger Rooms launched last month, Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg said that it would be supported across WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Portal device, and Facebook is already working on implementing the feature.

This feature will be available for both Android and iOS users, though its the desktop support makes it a more viable replacement for established video conferencing tools.

For now, we don't know when the feature will be available on WhatsApp (though the menus are visible in the beta release but haven't been made active). What we know is that

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