Facebook targets Zoom with Messenger Rooms

By now you have probably heard about Zoom and the success the platform is having currently. Well, it turns out Facebook is sick of hearing about that. The social media platform is looking to capitilise and provide extra competition to the video conferencing app through Messenger Rooms.

Yesterday Facebook announced an upcoming change or an update of sorts to its existing Messenger app which will be revamped and be morphed into Messenger Rooms. Like other video conferencing apps, Messenger Rooms will also come complete with a tile-view video chat experience that can reportedly hold up to 50 participants.

Here’s the best part, it turns out you won’t need an existing Facebook account in order to join a Messenger Room. The company CEO, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed this in yesterday’s announcement and had this to say:

“You don’t need to call someone and hope it’s a good time or check everyone’s calendar first,” reads the press release. “You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups, and Events, so it’s easy for people to drop by. Soon we’ll add ways to create rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and Portal, too.”

The question you are probably asking by now is when will this be available? Well timings are a bit sketchy at the moment with the company not committing to any dates. For now the only word we have is this will be coming very soon with the announcement further detailing that:

“Messenger Rooms is rolling out in some countries this week and will expand to the rest of the world in coming weeks.”

What’s also cool is that you don’t need to download anything to join a Messenger Room, something which many will find very convenient. There you have it and of course, don’t be surprised to see your Messenger app looking slightly different in the next few weeks.