Facebook-owned company, WhatsApp has announced the launch of an official desktop app, the new app is available for PC (Windows 8 and above) and Mac (OS X 10.9 and above).
Much like its web-based iteration, WhatsApp Web, the new desktop version of the messaging service works by automatically syncing with WhatsApp on mobile devices. “Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more” claims the company.
Click here to download for windows (61.5 MB), and here for MAC (51.7 MB). After you’ve installed the app, open it and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone (Settings > WhatsApp Web). The app runs on Windows 8 and above and Mac OS 10.9 and above.
WhatsApp Messenger was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!. It is a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, images, video, user location and audio media messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. The name “WhatsApp” was used because it sounded like “what’s up. As of February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of up to one billion, making it the most globally popular messaging application.
WhatsApp Inc. is based in Mountain View, California and has been acquired by Facebook Inc. on February 19, 2014, for approximately US$19.3 billion.