After years of living on mobile phones and just 16 months on the web, WhatsApp is now available as a desktop app.
(CCM) — On Tuesday, WhatsApp announced the launch of a new desktop version of its messaging service, available on Windows and Mac. "Today we're introducing a desktop app, so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer, at home or work," said the company in a blog post on the new apps. "Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device."
The new WhatsApp desktop apps are easy to set up. Download the app from WhatsApp's website, select your operating system, and scan a QR code from your smartphone under the WhatsApp Web tab. The desktop app will then load your existing conversations, making it easy to pick up where you left off on your mobile device. WhatsApp notes that, like its browser-based WhatsApp Web client, your phone must be connected to the internet for the desktop app to work, and advises users to connect to WiFi whenever possible to reduce data usage. The desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS X 10.9+ and runs natively on your desktop, which means you'll be able to get desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more. The new WhatsApp apps for Windows and Mac are available now and include most of the new mobile features, including emoji and voice dictation support.
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