WhatsApp desktop app released for PCs running Windows 8 and up

WhatsApp for Desktop

WhatsApp has just launched a new desktop app which can be run on PCs using Windows 8 and upwards.

The desktop app connects to the same account a user would have on their mobile phone and essentially allows them to continue conversations with their contacts on a PC. It appears to work in much the same way the Windows 10 Facebook app does. The WhatsApp desktop app supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and a host of other features. Here’s the official app description:

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.

It should be noted that the WhatsApp desktop app is not available from within the Windows Store but must be downloaded from its official download page on the WhatsApp website. Rumors of a desktop app began circulating a few weeks ago when several leaked screenshots appeared on Twitter.

WhatsApp garnered a lot of attention recently due to its new enhanced security measures and the Windows 10 Mobile app has been updated on a regular basis. Its most recent update completely redesigning the app’s user interface, making it more of a match for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system, and moved the menu options for voice recording, capture pictures, and file attachments to the app bar. Do you use WhatsApp? Which version will you be using the most? Desktop or mobile?

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