Element is introducing a new feature to its chat software, Video Rooms. Like the regular rooms, these are permanent channels of communication and not one-off video calls. Accordingly, like previous rooms, they can be set up with a name, theme and visibility settings and also appear in the normal room list. Element’s desktop or web clients are required first.
Technically, these video rooms are based on Jitsi, which is already used for group calls in Element. However, the developers have been working on Element, a conferencing app exclusively based on Matrix, since March. Like the video rooms themselves, it is still in a beta phase. However, once the former are completed, they should be used in the background. With this step, the call functions should be better integrated into the remaining element applications from the user’s point of view, and pure language areas including a push-to-talk function should also be set up from then on.
Additionally, Element has completed its new search function. With it, users can track down specific messages, rooms and people, and filters for past searches are also on board. All information about the update can be found in the developer’s blog. Element is a free messenger and is based on the Matrix protocol, which is also free. Business customers can also get advice on operating their own Matrix-based messengers, which include the French state, the German armed forces and the German healthcare system.