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WhatsApp Release Desktop Version of App

By piranha

23rd January 2015

WhatsApp have just released a new desktop version of their software for users. Rather than having to access the app through a mobile device, you can now install it onto your computer or laptop and send messages from there.

The messaging service, which is owned by Facebook, draws in an impressive 700 million users each month.

Its popularity comes from the free-nature of the app, which saves users the costs of sending a text. It requires an internet connection, which allows users to send the free messages back and forth to friends, family and peers.

WhatsApp hope that this new release will make it easier for their users to send messages, whether they are in the office or browsing the web at home.

In order to access the desktop version, you must have a WhatsApp account set up on your mobile. It asks you to take a picture of the QR code via your mobile device, so that it can sync your account to both devices. This means that you will be able to read your existing messages from whichever device you choose!

WhatsApp’s Founder, Jan Kaom, wrote on his Facebook page, “The web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. This means all of your messages still live on your phone.’

“Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.”

Many iPhone users are disappointed that they will have to wait until they can join in with the desktop version. This issue is due to limitations with the Apple Platform, which WhatsApp are hoping to resolve as soon as they can.

If you are using an Android, Windows or Blackberry device, you can download the software from http://web.whatsapp.com. You must open this link on Google Chrome, as it doesn’t work on any of the other browsers.

It seems that there are many potential problems with the app, which could be off-putting for users, especially if it seems like more hassle than it’s worth.  If WhatsApp want to get ahead of their rivals, they will need to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, so that no one is left out from using the desktop app.

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