Latest Horizon Workrooms Update Solves a Major Issue
Horizon Workrooms now supports Meta accounts thereby solving a major roadblock to the adoption of the software in remote work and meeting applications.
Horizon Workrooms was launched in August 2021 and until now, it has required a separate Workrooms account along with a team management system to log into the service and manage access. This sign-in flow no doubt put on some roadblocks for users and also caused confusion for users who wish to participate in meetings across the Quest 2 virtual reality headsets and the traditional video chat.
Signing into a Quest headset required a Facebook account until very recently when that requirement was scrapped and replaced with the new Meta accounts. This also meant people wishing to use the service along with its innovative features often relied on the same email address to log in to different accounts from the same company.
With the Meta account in Horizon Workrooms, now there is a single account that can be used for headset log-in or for login via a computer where permission to join specific Workrooms is granted by the admins.
With the most recent update, the concept of teams is now being done away with access being moved directly to the rooms that are managed by each room administrator.
A help document explains that that now Workrooms moves to Meta accounts, the company has removed the concept of Workrooms teams. Turning guest access to a workroom allows members of the workroom to share a link with non-members which enables them to join meetings through a video call. The guest with the link does not need to create a Meta account to access the respective workroom.
Users can apply the same Meta account that they use to log into their Quest 2 virtual reality headsets to log into Horizon Workrooms.
While there are still separate Workrooms and Horizon profiles, users can now deploy the same account to access the service through a desktop-based video chat and in virtual reality.
During the migration, a pop-up appears that tells users that they have between now and November 30th to migrate their accounts to the new system in case they are Horizon Workrooms members.
The update is rolling out at a time when Meta is finalizing its branding transition from Facebook to its fresh Meta brand image. Zuckerberg envisions Meta ushering in the next-generation personal computing platform that will be based on virtual reality and augmented reality headsets.
The Oculus Remote Desktop app that gives users access to their PCs inside the Horizon Workrooms is now referred to as “Meta Quest Remote Desktop.”
Meta’s high-end Project Cambria headset, which will reportedly be called Meta Quest Pro, is launching in October 2022. The Project Cambria will be backward-compatible with Quest games and will be targeting remote workers and early adopting developers.