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WhatsApp Web gets Facebook Messenger Rooms for video chat: Is it a rival to Zoom?

Instant messaging application WhatsApp has finally launched Facebook Messenger rooms, which can incorporate 50 people in a single video conference. The new feature is finally available on the desktop version of the app. Through WhatsApp Web, one can connect with people via Messenger’s video conferencing feature and it may soon be reportedly available on phones as well. Albeit, Facebook has not made any announcement yet regarding the shortcut’s release on the smartphones.

How to create WhatsApp Messenger Room and share link with other users: 

Step 1: Open WhatsApp Web, click on the calls tab

Step 2: Click on Create Room

Step 3: Select Continue in Messenger option and you will be redirected to the Messenger app or website on your mobile browser. Then tap Try if prompted

Step 4: Click on Send Link on WhatsApp to reopen WhatsApp

Step 5: Finally select contacts or group chats to share the room link with.

Step 6: Click on send

Is the new feature a rival to Zoom?

Clearly, Facebook has come up with the Messenger Rooms feature as a counter to video conferencing app Zoom, which rose to fame amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The following lockdowns in the countries aided to its popularity. Hence, Facebook is now eyeing Messenger Rooms and hoping it will curb Zoom’s spread. Additionally, WhatsApp Web’s new feature has an upper hand certainly as it can incorporate up to 50 people in a single video chat.

Other features launched by WhatsApp

WhatsApp launches new features
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Mute always option:

Reportedly, WhatsApp may launch a new feature that will be beneficial for anyone who is part of unwanted groups and they cannot leave it. This new feature will allow them to mute groups indefinitely.

Dark Mode on WhatsApp Web:

WhatsApp Web came up with with the dark mode feature for its Android and iOS smartphones and now it has been launched for its desktop version as well.

Self-destructing messages:

As the name suggests, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature for self-destructing messages, which means certain messages can be timed to self-destruct within a stipulated time period. Similar to Stories feature on the app, it can let you post pictures and videos for a limited period of time.  However, the Facebook-owned messaging app might include a toggle button for it to turn this functionality on or off.

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