It is not that long ago that Facebook let its own Messenger Rooms go live. This video conference software must take market share from Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet. In order to achieve this, Facebook has at least one major asset, namely WhatsApp.
A new rumor on WABetaInfo suggests that WhatsApp Web may eventually be used in conjunction with Messenger Rooms. The option would even be available for some users. It concerns WhatsApp Web version 2.2019.6, which is to come out of the beta phase soon.
On April 24, Facebook announced its new platform Messenger Rooms. Thanks to the integration with WhatsApp, the program can quickly become one of the easiest ways to communicate via video conferencing on the web.
While Zoom has faced some criticism for security concerns, Google Meet requires users to have a Gmail account.
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) April 24, 2020
At the time of Messenger Rooms launch, Mark Zuckerberg said the platform is supported by various platforms, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Portal, another video chat application. The current testing phase of WhatsApp with Rooms shows that Facebook is close to creating a full-fledged video chat app.
WhatsApp Web gets a shortcut to Messenger Rooms on the screen, after which users are automatically taken to this app to start a video calling session with friends. Each of the two applications works more or less the same. If you click on the shortcut via WhatsApp Web, the app asks whether you want to create a space in WhatsApp, or whether you immediately switch to Messenger Rooms.
Messenger Rooms is not yet available anywhere in the world. The application is therefore still in the roll-out phase. In the Benelux, we also have to wait a while for Facebook’s video calling application.