As people stay at home to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Facebook has launched additional ways to video chat with working people and allow companies to use virtual reality (VR) to train employees.
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The company also revealed that more than five million paid users of workplace, a corporate social network, have been used. Companies such as Walmart, Starbucks and Spotify are using Workplace.
The new workplace live on portal enables advanced live streaming using smart cameras on Portal devices. Workplace Rooms, a new feature that competes with the video conferencing app Zoom, allows up to 50 people to chat.
Workplace Vice President Julien Codorniou said Facebook had changed its product roadmap in the wake of the pandemic to “meet market expectations.” Workplace says the increased use of video chat has made it more important to video chat than analytics and other features.
Workplace could help companies build communities online, he said. With the increase in the number of people working at home, it is becoming more and more important to foster such an environment.
Facebook, which owns Oculus, which develops VR headsets, also announced on July 21 that it will open its platform for vr to the public. The platform was announced in 2019 and is now in the process of being closed beta testing. VR is used in a variety of things by companies. For example, surgeons and clerks can learn new skills without having to interact directly with people.