Facebook owned Whatsapp initially made its messaging service available on the web about 18 months ago and the popular messaging service is now coming to the desktop.
The company said in the official blog that:
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.
A company spokesman said “Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device”, which means you would need the mobile app open on your phone and for your phone to be close to your desktop otherwise it won’t work.
To use the new Whatsapp desktop app you can download it from the links below, then all you need to do is open the Whatsapp app on your mobile and scan the QR code – look under Whatsapp Web menu settings for this.
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The main benefits of using the desktop app is that you will obvious have a proper keyboard but you will also have desktop notifications.
The app is said to be fast and responsive and the desktop version is just another reason for the already 1 billion users to keep the app open all day.