An updated version of the WhatsApp app for Windows has been launched by Meta Platforms’ chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg. On their desktop PCs, users can participate in group audio and video calls with up to 32 individuals combined.
According to Meta, WhatsApp began as a smartphone app, and while its roots in the mobile ecosystem have remained strong, the company is now concentrating on improving the messaging and calling experience across devices since hundreds of millions of people also use WhatsApp on PCs and tablets.
For the approximately 2 billion active users of the messaging app, the new WhatsApp user for Windows desktop loads more quickly and enhances the calling experience. The social media company wants to establish WhatsApp as a platform that offers a fully end-to-end encrypted messenger app and enables cross-platform communication between mobile devices, laptops, tablets, and other devices. It recently unveiled a brand-new, beta version of WhatsApp for Mac desktops and Android tablets that is still in its development.
“As we continue to increase the number of devices that support WhatsApp, we’ve recently introduced a new WhatsApp beta experience for Android tablets and for Mac desktops that are currently in the early stages of beta. We look forward to bringing WhatsApp to even more devices in the future,” Meta said.
Earlier, users could use WhatsApp on a desktop by scanning a QR code using WhatsApp web. So, for continuous service, the primary phone needed to be connected to the internet. Last year, the platform gave standard users access to a “linked devices” feature, which lifted this limitation.
“Since introducing new multi-device capabilities, we have made improvements including faster device linking and better syncing across devices, as well as new features like link previews and stickers,” Meta said.
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