Finally, you can now install WhatsApp desktop client application directly on your Windows and MAC OS. That means, no need to go through any third party application again like Bluestack or even visit WhatsApp web. Now you can have the .exe set up on your desktop.
Speculations on WhataApp desktop client launch has been making the rounds lately. The Facebook-owned messaging service that claimed a billion users now, about 15 months after WhatsApp released its first web app, users can officially download and install the desktop app.
WhatsApp desktop client app is not really different from the what you have been using through your web browsers. The company actually stated that “it is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device”. The UI and UX are very much alike.
The new desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and is synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.
To download the app, visit WhatsApp website from your desktop browser. Then, open the app and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone (look for WhatsApp Web menu under Settings).
Since the past few months the chatting giant has added many attractive enhancements to its Android, iOS and Windows versions.
On Windows mobile, Windows Central reports that Whatsapp has also updated its apps on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile. The update fixes the bug that makes users accidentally hit the ‘call’ button by mistake while trying to attach a file to messages due to the buttons being side by side in the app bar.[irp]
The latest update to WhatsApp on Windows Mobile also rearranges the UI to make it a little more thumb friendly, moving the call button to the top right of message windows, in addition to a couple of other minor tweaks like displaying a photograph for your contact next to their name in the top left corner during conversations as well as matching the text to the Windows 10 Mobile design language a little more closely, mimicking the text box in the default SMS app.
Although these changes indicate that WhatsApp is taking note of design developments in Windows 10 Mobile, the latest version still utilizes the Windows Phone 8.1 file picker and has yet to implement some of Windows 10 Mobile’s unique features, such as actionable notifications. There’s also the ability to use formatted text in conversations.
Only recently, The chat messenger implemented the encrypted end-to-end features for messages, voice calls, sharing of photos and videos. This means that all user calls, texts, video, images and other files sent can only be viewed by the intended recipient, and no one, not even WhatsApp itself, can access this data.[irp]
Presently, there is speculation that WhatsApp will be integrating call back, voicemail and the ability for users to send zip files in the coming weeks.
Have you tried the new WhatsApp desktop client? Let’s know what your take is.