WhatsApp is undoubtedly the largest instant messaging, voice & video calling and files sharing app on the planet; thanks to its smartphone apps on Android, iOS and Windows platforms.
Latest reports reveal that the Facebook-owned messaging app has now moved onto desktop as after testing desktop beta version with limited number of users, the company has finally released WhatsApp Desktop for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store.
The company has been offering a desktop version of WhatsApp since 2016; a ‘classic’ Win32 app. Though the latest desktop version has officially been made available on Microsoft Store but it is also not built on the native Universal Windows Platform (UWP) like the previous versions.
Instead, Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge has been used to bring the app to the Microsoft Store. WhatsApp Desktop resembles quite a bit with the previous desktop version that is bundled with Desktop App Converter for Project Contennial.
WhatsApp Desktop – Features
If we talk about the features made available for desktop users, the What Sapp Desktop enables them to share various types of files, edit profile information, send GIF’s and Emojis and view Status Updates including Push Notifications. However, WhatsApp Desktop still doesn’t sport video calls and various other options that are being widely used in the mobile version of the app.
It is important to note that the latest version of WhatsApp Desktop is in fact an extension of the mobile app; like before. That means users still have to install WhatsApp on their smartphones to use the app on desktop. Similarly, the web version of WhatsApp is still there for those who prefer to use website instead of desktop app.
This is what WhatsApp says in a brief introduction:
With WhatsApp on the desktop, you can seamlessly sync all of your chats to your computer so that you can chat on whatever device is most convenient to you.
Download WhatsApp Desktop
As mentioned above, the WhatsApp Desktop has been made available on Microsoft Store to download, however you must be running Windows 10 64-bit to install the app on your desktop.
Moreover, the app is being rolled out in stages therefore if you are not getting access to the file, don’t worry and wait for couple of days so that Microsoft brings it to your region.
If you are among WhatsApp Desktop beta testers, simply click here to download the app on your desktop and if you were not part of that community, you may receive ‘403: Forbidden’ error when trying to log in.
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