WhatsApp launches desktop apps for Mac and Windows
Yippieh! Already installed. I just needed to scan the QR code of the Whatsapp “Web App” with the Whatsapp app on my phone (under settings and web app) and I had all my chats synchronized to my Mac. It says that the phone should be connected to a Wifi as the data is constantly sync’ed. Let’s see, if I use more bandwidth this way, I might need to quit the Whatsapp web app on my Mac again. So far, so good!
WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service that claims a billion users, has launched desktop clients for Mac and Windows. The release comes about 15 months after WhatsApp released its first web app.
People who have already been using WhatsApp on their web browsers will find that software isn’t significantly different. The company said in an announcement “our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone,” with all messages synced between devices.
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 who rely on WhatsApp for work communications–desktop options helps it competes against other messaging services, like iMessenger, WeChat, and Skype. WhatsApp is currently testing out B2C accounts, which would give it a new revenue source after dropping its 99 cent annual subscription fee.
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