The popular messaging service, Telegram, rolled out its new voice chat functionality this past week and the feature is now live on Windows 10 devices that have installed the latest app update.
Telegram’s voice chat feature is rather impressive as it allows anyone to create a conference call room which can support literally thousands of participants. Users can drop in and out of these rooms as they please and a variety of admin tools are available to help prevent things from getting too out of control.
“Any Telegram group can now become a voice chat room that is always on,” a post on the official Telegram blog reads. “Voice Chats run in parallel to existing text and media-based communication, adding a live layer of ephemeral talk to the group. They can be used as virtual office spaces for teams or informal lounges for any community.
“While Voice Chats are not group calls, they can achieve similar goals – at the same time offering flexibility instead of old school scheduling. In larger groups, they also provide serendipitous opportunities for talking to people.”
Here’s the release notes for the Windows 10 app update:
- Turn any of your group chats into a hop-on, hop-off conference call.
- Get up to several thousand participants in each voice chat.
- Control the number of speakers with flexible admin tools.