WhatsApp should also take off for video meetings and will increase the number of participants. There are also shareable invite links.
WhatsApp is no longer just a simple messenger, it is also being used more and more for audio or video telephony. Mostly private, but also in the professional environment. Whether that’s a good thing remains to be seen.
However, Meta – formerly Facebook – is increasingly interested in converting WhatsApp into an all-rounder. Work is currently underway on a community function, larger file transfers and multi-device support.
The next experiment is intended to expand the number of participants in video telephony from eight to 32 members. So that so many participants can join a conversation much more easily, there should also be divisible invitation links. Something like this has been standard with Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams for years.
We are rolling out call links on WhatsApp starting this week so you can share a link to start a call with a single tap. We are also testing secure encrypted video calling for up to 32 people. More coming soon.
Mark Zuckerberg September 26, 2022
But it’s important how these shareable links are handled, each service regulates this a little differently: Can only users with an account join? Does the link expire after a while? Can the link only be shared within the service? There are no details on any of these questions so far.
What is clear, however, is that the meta is increasingly trying to make WhatsApp a valid option for video calls and group meetings.
We should see how and, above all, how well this all works in the coming weeks. Because the function should be rolled out to the first users as early as next week.
What do you think of group calls? And would you switch from Teams and other tools to WhatsApp? Let us know what you think about it in the comments!