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WhatsApp launches desktop application for PC and Mac

by Mark Tyson on 11 May 2016, 10:31

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WhatsApp has been launched as a native application for Windows and Mac users. Previously computer users could access WhatsApp only via a browser window or their smartphones. The Facebook owned company says that the desktop app offers compelling features such as native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.

If you already have WhatsApp on your phone – and this is a likely reason you would want to have it on your PC/Mac – you can simply visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download from your desktop browser to grab the applicable software. Then, when you log-in, you will be able to enjoy the desktop app as an extension of your phone. You will find that the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device so you won't miss any important messages, and you won't have to log out of one device to use the other (that way LINE 'works').

The WhatsApp desktop application offers a simple and intuitive UI, as shown above, split into panes for contacts and message history. Emojis, file attachments and voice dictation are all supported. To use the app on Windows you need Windows version 8.0 or newer. Mac users need to be on Mac OS 10.9 or newer.



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Looks exactly the same as web whatsapp. Not totally sure what the advantage is
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krazy_olie
Looks exactly the same as web whatsapp. Not totally sure what the advantage is

You can now more easily backup messages on your own computer, and it's more convenient to send messages (you save time by no longer needing to log in online). It's no different to say Skype, Evernote, or Messages in that you can use those applications via your browser, but it's far simpler to just install an app.
krazy_olie
Looks exactly the same as web whatsapp. Not totally sure what the advantage is

Agree, been using it for years, not much different. I tend to use LINE a lot more since travelling to Asia so much. LINE is much more popular than Whatsapp in Asia. I kind of prefer LINE in many instances too to be honest.

LINE also has a great Chrome extension.
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