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Facebook's new Horizon Workrooms lets you join virtual meetings through an avatar

Four avatars meet in a VR setup through Facebook Horizon Workrooms

Facebook introduced Infinite Office last year, a virtual office setup that's designed to help people working from home gain a more immersive experience through the Oculus Quest. Today, the company announced a new app for the Quest 2 headset that lets you collaborate with colleagues in virtual reality settings amid the increased adoption of hybrid work environments.

The VR remote work app called Horizon Workrooms is built to let you virtually meet with your co-workers as an avatar version of yourself or by dialing in as you would normally do using a videoconferencing service. It mimics a real-world setup as it lets you bring a physical desk, keyboard, and computer with you into the virtual setup.

A lot can happen during the virtual meeting. You can brainstorm with your colleagues or collaborate on shared whiteboards. You'll also have the option to customize the virtual room to suit the occasion. There's a web version for the app as well that you can use to take notes, share files, and send chat messages. You can also schedule a meeting and send invites through Google Calendar or Outlook.

The app is free to download on Quest 2 through an open beta program that kicked off today. Up to 16 people can meet together in VR and up to 50 participants can join a video conference. You can also sign up here to create a Workrooms team. However, it's available only in countries where Quest 2 is supported.

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