With ‘Workrooms,’ Facebook Brings Virtual Reality To Office Meetings

The new app for Facebook’s VR arm, Oculus, offers some nifty features. But is anyone actually clamoring for VR meetings?

By Joy Diaz and Wells DunbarSeptember 2, 2021 1:30 pm

Nobody expected to be doing meetings on Zoom or Skype more than a year after the pandemic started. But with COVID-19 disrupting plans to return to the office, Facebook is launching a new virtual reality meeting platform.

Our tech expert Omar Gallaga joins us with a recap of how the tech titan is seeking to enhance the virtual meeting environment:with Horizon Workrooms, new software for its virtual reality arm, Oculus.

“It requires a VR headset,” says Gallaga, noting that ever since Facebook acquired Oculus, it’s “been trying to make virtual reality a thing.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How the app differs from services like Zoom or Skype

– Whether VR can be a real substitute for in-person interaction

– Does VR work for remote work?

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