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Updated on: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11:45 PM IST

Facebook launches virtual-reality work app

Horizon Workrooms app lets people meet remotely in a virtual space populated by avatars/ Representational image | Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Horizon Workrooms app lets people meet remotely in a virtual space populated by avatars/ Representational image | Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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Facebook is trying to pull in workplace users with a new virtual-reality app called Horizon Workrooms.

Workrooms lets people meet remotely in a virtual space populated by avatars. It's an app for Facebook's headset, which costs at least $300 and weighs a pound. People without a headset can join with a video call. Up to 50 people can be on the call, but only 16 can be in the VR space with avatars.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a fan of the "metaverse," a vague concept that encompasses augmented and virtual reality with new ways of connecting. He expects it to be the next stage of how people experience the internet.

Virtual reality has never really taken off, even during the pandemic, when remote work became the norm for millions of office workers and made the videoconferencing service Zoom a household name.

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Published on: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11:45 PM IST
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