WhatsApp has finally launched native desktop apps for Windows and Mac devices.
The Facebook-owned mobile messaging service’s new desktop app is available for devices running newer operating systems: Windows 8 or newer and Mac OS 10.9 or newer. The app is then synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device.
“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,” reads a WhatsApp blog post. “Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.
“Just like WhatsApp Web, the new desktop app lets you message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket.”
The app, which runs natively on your desktop, offers support for native desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts among other things.
To download the app, click here from your desktop browser, open the app and, using the WhatsApp Web menu under Settings, scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone.
WhatsApp, which is free to use, has more than 900 million monthly active users. Facebook officially took ownership of WhatsApp in October of 2014, but the firm has continued on as a separate entity from the social media site. Since then, Whatsapp’s membership has been growing by leaps and bounds.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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