Messenger Rooms: Facebook will compete with Zoom with software to find its friends

Facebook is launching a new Messenger service, Messenger Rooms, which allows you to visit friends in virtual rooms. An attempt to compete with Zoom, which dominates the market, with its video conferencing software, since the start of confinement with a more user-friendly platform.

Visiting friends in virtual “rooms” is what Messenger Rooms will offer in the coming weeks. The new Facebook service launched on Friday wants to give people the opportunity to “pop in” to someone’s home spontaneously. maybe not bothered to call can jump in there, “says Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of the social network. He considers that this is what people are missing during this confinement imposed by the coronavirus.


A friendly videoconferencing space

Calls made through Messenger Rooms can accommodate up to 50 people, and last as long as desired. Participants will not need to have a Facebook account. If they do not have the application, the link sent by a friend is enough to open a page to the room on their internet browser. The group is also working on access from the other apps in the Instragram group and Whatsapp.

Unlike the other videoconferencing leaders with Rooms, Mark Zuckerberg wants to favor a friendly social space for birthdays, aperitifs, book clubs, parent groups, etc. “I can sit on my couch over the weekend and decide to invite my friends into the ‘room where we hang out on his couch’,” said the Facebook CEO. Virtual reality effects and backgrounds can be used to personalize the rooms.

Compete with Zoom?

Since the start of containment, Zoom has been widely adopted beyond companies. Confined families use it to take lessons, exchange with their colleagues, socialize. Screenshots of “mosaics”, showing participants in a call, flooded social networks and the platform exceeded 200 million participants in daily meetings in March, up from 10 million in December.