WhatsApp finally made it available to those users who’ve been yearning for a native Windows and Mac app from which to manage their conversations. Granted earlier today when a post published to the official WhatsApp blog announced the launch of desktop clients for the Facebook-owned instant messaging service.
Earlier it was reported that WhatsApp indeed working on desktop apps for PC and OS X systems. Now, the popular messaging client has made it live of desktop apps for Windows and Mac. Originally, the IM giant launched its web client “WhatsApp Web” at the beginning of last year, allowing its user-base to minor conversations from smartphones to desktop web browser using QR codes. It was only a matter of time before the similar functionality was revealed into native apps for the two leading Microsoft and Apple desktop platforms.
The majority of benefits using these apps over the existing web interface is actually the support for native desktop notifications and a better set of keyboard shortcuts, as noted by the officials itself. Not to mention, this move ups the service’s accessibility, matching it with competitors the likes of Viber, generally had its desktop clients out for quite some time now.
Alternative to WhatsApp Web, both the desktop apps serve as a conduit to the conversations you have on your mobile phone, syncing anything and all conversations between devices. Unlike other desktop apps on offer by rivals, the WhatsApp clients for Windows and Mac really do not support voice calls, perhaps there is no indication as to whether the feature will be added in future updates.
Nevertheless, however, you can send voice messages, attach files and even update your status message, that too all without having to constantly switch between your phone and computer. That, essentially an extension of your phone as the app mirrors conversations and messages from your device, along with native desktop notifications definitely makes the new clients worth a download in my books.
Windows 7 running desktops and below OS X 10.9 are not supported with WhatsApp desktop client apps, need Windows 8 and later or OS X 10.9 and higher to run. Are available to download right now. Setting them up is very simple task, identical to the process in place for WhatsApp Web. Simply launch the app on your computer and wait for it to present you with a QR code.
The UI for the native app is almost similar to that of WhatsApp for Web except for minor tweaks. Launch WhatsApp on your phone, switch to the Settings tab and select WhatsApp Web to scan the QR code on your computer’s screen. The desktop client should now display all your conversations and on real-time start syncing everything to and from your WhatsApp installed phone (the profile pictures took a little longer to load for many). You can even log out from within the desktop app (WhatsApp > Log Out) or return to the WhatsApp Web section in the mobile app for the same.
(Download: WhatsApp for Windows and Mac)
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