There is a lot of excitement over the introduction of a PC WhatsApp app. However the news is tampered down by the fact the new PC WhatsApp app is meant for systems running the windows 8 and higher operating system. Mac OS 10.9 and higher would also get the new app. The PC version is synced with the smartphone version meaning that chats on your mobile device would be mirrored on your PC and vice-versa.
The announcement of the PC whatsapp app was made on WhatsApp’s blog. Apply titled, “Introducing WhatsApp’s desktop app,” the message to the world was short and straight to the point:
“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 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.
To download the app, visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download from your desktop browser. Then, open the app and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone (look for WhatsApp Web menu under Settings).
Just like WhatsApp Web, the new desktop app lets you message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket.”
This development brings relieve to WhatsApp fans who were not able to utilize the Web browser version of the app. The Web browser whatsapp was introduced last year with a little caveat. It can only be operated by people with the Chrome browser on their computer. Installing it on your browser back then involved the scanning of a QR code on the desktop through the whatsapp app on your mobile device. I am sure Chrome experienced many downloads when the Web browser WhatsApp was introduced.
The downside of the new PC WhatsApp app is that people like me won’t be able to enjoy it. The reason is simple. I have never being a fan of Windows 8 for so many reasons. So I never upgraded from Windows 7, which I think is the best operating system since the Windows XP. And I know there are many people in the same boat with me. Some even downgraded their new system to Windows XP because it was an excellent and simple OS to use. As for Windows 10, I am yet to try it. The only way I can get it is to buy a new system or upgrade from a Windows 8 which I don’t have.
Since the PC WhatsApp app is a desktop application, it can support many features like desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and so many other features that is part of being a desktop app.
Since the beginning of this year, WhatsApp has being in the news for a variety of reasons. In January, Facebook removed the $1 annual subscription fee for the chat app making it completely free. It even promised not introduce adverts in spite of that. Few weeks later, it was announced that the app would no longer be part of mobile phones with outdated operating systems. This affected all Blackberry devices, Nokia s40, Nokia Symbian S60, All Android Os below 2.1 and Windows 7.1 and lower. And most notably end-to-end encryption was introduced to make chats practically unhackable even by Facebook’s software engineers.
If your are considering installing the PC whatsapp app on your Windows desktop, the place to head to is the official download site of the app. So, don’t bother going to look for it within the Windows Store. Today’s development just validated the rumours that started a few weeks ago when screenshots of the app were leaked on Twitter.
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