WhatsApp on Tuesday launched desktop apps for Windows and Mac. The WhatsApp desktop client will offer all the same features and shortcuts, which we have already seen on WhatsApp for Web. Last week leaks had indicated that WhatsApp was working a native desktop client for the two platforms. Now WhatsApp web was the only option for accessing the messaging service on your PC or MacBook’s internet browser. the biggest difference is the fact that the new WhatsApp app will not depend on the mobile version of the communication platform.

WhatsApp in a blog said, “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. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.”

The WhatsApp desktop apps, just like the Web client, require users to scan a QR code using the using the WhatsApp app on the smartphone. On the smartphone, users will have to look for WhatsApp Web menu under Settings. Users will have to make sure they are running the latest version of WhatsApp on Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry.

WhatsApp’s success in countries like India, Brazil, and South Africa is of course driven by the high penetration of smartphones in those markets, but giving power users including people confidence on WhatsApp for work communications desktop options helps it competes against other messaging services, like iMessenger, WeChat, and Skype. The new WhatsApp apps for desktop are available for download via the official website WhatsApp.com and download the setup.

The advantage with the WhatsApp desktop app is that you don’t need to open a separate browser tab on your PC, and can instead use the app directly.

Image Source: blog.whatsapp.com