WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service that claims a billion users, has launched desktop clients for Mac and Windows. The release comes about 15 months after WhatsApp released its first web app.
WhatsApp on Tuesday launched desktop apps for Windows and Mac. The new apps are available for download via the company’s site and are compatible with devices running Windows 8 and above, and devices running Mac OS X 10.9 and above.
“Today [Tuesday] 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,” said WhatsApp in a blog.
Notably, the WhatsApp desktop apps work similarly to the WhatsApp Web client and the app will mirror conversations and messages from mobile devices.The new desktop apps are synced with WhatsApp on mobile devices, and the app will run natively on the desktop, which means it will have support for native desktop notifications.
WhatsApp for desktops is completely free to download, and you can grab it now by clicking on this link from your desktop browser. To set it up, you simply need to scan a QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone just like you would for WhatsApp Web.