New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp introduced the desktop app for both Windows and Mac in a bid to extend its reach beyond smartphones and tablets. Unlike WhatsApp for web, this app is not dependent on the mobile version for functioning.
WhatsApp mentioned in a blog, “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 the mobile device and because the app runs natively on desktop, users can expect more notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.
WhatsApp was recently in news for being banned in Brazil after the company failed to provide support in an ongoing investigation. The ban, scheduled for 3 days, was revoked within a few hours.