Just last week we reported that WhatsApp was working on a desktop app for different platforms. Whoever is not a fan of too many open browser windows (or tabs) can rejoice, because as of yesterday there is a new downloadable app for Mac and Windows available.
The new app for Mac and Windows is nothing more than an “extension of your phone” though, mirroring “conversations and messages from your mobile device”. For those hoping that we were going to get a standalone app like we have for Slack, this is bad news. Functionality is not mirrored completely, and you cannot make calls from the new desktop app.
So, basically all WhatsApp has done is create an app so that you don’t have to use platform from within your browser.
If you like our stories, there is an easy way to stay updated:
This move does however have some positives. In the announcement, the company explains that “you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more”. That “and more” is rather cryptic, because it hints at more to come. In my view, creating the desktop app was only the beginning of something a lot bigger.
It is my guess that Facebook wants to position WhatsApp as an internal communication and collaboration app for companies – a competitor to Slack if you will. I downloaded the app and noticed the “Get Beta Updates” option within the “File” menu. What Beta updates they mean by this is interesting to guess. Voice and video calls soon? File-sharing? In any case, WhatsApp has made its move.
It will be interesting to see where it takes things from here.
The app is available for Windows 8 and above, as well as Mac OS 10.0 and above. To download it, go here on a desktop browser and after downloading and opening the app simply scan your QR code as you used to when connecting the mobile app with your browser – Hint: It’s the WhatsApp Web option in “Settings”.
What is your opinion about the launch of this new app?
You might also like
More from WhatsApp
WhatsApp Now Lets You Edit Messages Within 15 Minutes Of Sending
WhatsApp announced today it will finally let users edit messages, one of the most anticipated features. You will have 15 minutes, …
How To Use The Giannis & Family Sticker Pack On WhatsApp
WhatsApp has released an in-app sticker pack inspired by Antetokounmpo called “Giannis & Family.” Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo became WhatsApp’s …
WhatsApp May Soon Limit Message Forwarding To One Chat At A Time
A change spotted in WhatsApp beta limits the sharing of regular messages (not just frequently forwarded ones) with multiple chats.
NBA Star Antetokounmpo Becomes WhatsApp’s First Global Partner
WhatsApp announced its first global brand partnership with Milwaukee Bucks forward and 2021 NBA All-Star MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
WhatsApp May Soon Be Rolling Out Its Android To iOS Migration Feature
Α new feature allowing users to migrate chats from Android to iOS has been spotted on both OS updates for …
WhatsApp Will Automatically Hide Your Online Status From Strangers
WhatsApp is becoming more private by showing your online status only to your existing contacts, or those you've chatted with …
WhatsApp Starts Testing Cryptocurrency Payments In The US
Whatsapp has launched a pilot program to test the ability to send and receive instant payments with a simple chat …
Spotify Is Testing ‘Discover,’ A New TikTok-like Video Feed
Spotify is reportedly introducing a TikTok-like vertical video feed with music videos songs in a new dedicated Discovery tab.