Facebook launches a free app that will change virtual meetings forever

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, and one of them is the relationship between new technologies and work. Before, the older the computer you used at work, the more professional you were, and today we are considering holding online meetings as if they were a simulation video game in virtual reality.

We introduce you “Horizon Workrooms”the latest from Zuckerberg to make virtual meetings a lot more organic and natural for the workers. We tell you everything that is known at the moment of this free application!

How do online work meetings work with Horizon Workrooms?

Facebook just announced a new most original tool to meet with your co-workers without risking contagion: some virtual meeting rooms where to give news, present and evaluate common projects.

As can be seen in the Horizon Workrooms beta now availableit is the most complete application to be able to carry out work meetings in a completely virtual environmentas if it were a world similar to that of The Sims.

Initially, the app is intended to be used with virtual reality headsets Oculus Quest 2, but Horizon Workrooms also has a web version for those of you who don’t have the proper equipment. They will be able to join the meetings as if they were a video call normal without any problem.

However, most of the benefits that Horizon Workrooms brings are thanks to the control you can exert with your hands with the Oculus Quest 2. By being able to interact with the virtual meeting space just by waving your hands as if it were real life, without requiring any controller, you get an experience much more natural and efficient for the worker.

Thus, you will be able to write on the board, use your virtual computer, share the screen, take notes or chat with your colleagues as if you were in your real office. And all this, with the possibility of synchronizing with Google Calendar and Outlook to make everything even easier. The future is here!

The future of VR work meetings with Facebook’s Horizon Workrooms

According to experts, it is an alternative original and very useful in these times. However, after the boom of platforms such as Zoom or even Telegram, with their massive video calls, it does not seem that these meetings in virtual reality are something really necessary.

Although it has its positive points, there are two problems that will hinder the implementation of this system in many workplaces:

  • Virtual reality is very useful, but also surprising, so can be a distraction during meetings.
  • To get the most out of this app, it’s best to have the Oculus Quest 2 headset. Without them, much of the experience is lost, and very few companies are going to pay this equipment to all their workerstaking into account that the vast majority will not be able to afford it out of their own pocket.

So applying the amazing technology of Horizon Workrooms seems like it’s not going to be as productive as simply entertaining for the workers. Even so, we will have to wait to see how the project ends, while Facebook is dedicated to attending to other novelties such as the smart glasses that it will bring out in collaboration with Ray-Ban.

And you, what do you think of meetings with Horizon Workrooms? Tell us in the comments!

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