WhatsApp Desktop App: The Long Awaited Feature For Windows And Mac
It has been nearly 14-15 months since WhatsApp launched its first web app for non mobile users but now, there is some really good news. WhatsApp has come up with brand new desktop clients for Windows and Mac Users. Users having Windows 8 and above systems and Mac OS X 10.9 and above will be able to use this app to stay in touch with their friends, relatives and co-workers even when their phones are not with them. If you have used the web app of WhatsApp, you will notice that there isn’t any such difference between the two. But the availability of a WhatsApp desktop app does change everything about the messaging platform which will be further discussed in this post.
The WhatsApp desktop app will be synced with your mobile account and it will just mirror messages from your smartphones. As the app will be a native one, it will make use of desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts and other features. But before you sync your mobile phone account with the desktop app, you have to run a QR scan using the app on your smartphones. All you have to do is download the desktop app from the link given in the company’s blog, open it, search for WhatsApp web menu under the Settings options on your mobile phone app, scan the QR code and you are done.
How will this new WhatsApp desktop app affect the messaging platform?
WhatsApp has recently revealed that it has one billion active users per month which gives us a clear idea regarding its huge popularity. Now, if WhatsApp is made available to the desktop users as well, enterprises and individuals can make great use of it to discuss official as well as personal matters. Furthermore, WhatsApp end-to-end encryption feature provides a sense of security that is highly valued by all users. Although WhatsApp is meant more for personal chats, official matters can still be discussed due to the high security level that it offers.
Can the app get an edge over Slack?
Slack is an enterprise communication tool that is in high demand. But with the availability of WhatsApp desktop app, Slack can get a good competition from the world’s largest messaging platform. But the only thing that may come in the way is WhatsApp’s reputation as a personal messaging platform. Companies may not like the idea of it being an enterprise communication tool as users may mix up their professional and personal conversations. So, Slack has an edge over WhatsApp under these circumstances. However, it has just been some hours since WhatsApp launched its desktop app. Speculations can be made but only time will say what actually happens.
All in all, the news of WhatsApp being available on desktop is indeed a celebrated thing. The expansion of WhatsApp will enhance its popularity to a great extent. Furthermore, it will solve many problems such as you can still send and receive messages if your phone is not at hand. So, what do you think? Will the new WhatsApp app be a hot among users? Or will it rot on their desktops while they keep on tapping on their mobile phones? Share your feedback with us as we are eagerly waiting for it. Have a marvelous day!