WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook, has announced the first desktop client for the Mac OS X. The launch of the MacBook operating system comes just a few months after WhatsApp also unveiled a similar web app. The company has been busy as last month it also gave out the end-to-end encryption for all communication that goes through the app.
The Mac version of WhatsApp relies on the mobile application, just as much as the Web client does. The Mac version also keeps all messages across different devices synced up, which is in line with what the iMessage feature for Apple users does. On top of that, the app is native to the OS X system, can support desktop functions and notifications, keyboard shortcuts and so much more that they have put in it.
In a statement, the company said, “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.”
WhatsApp growth trajectory has been massive as it currently has over a billion users at the moment. Just a year ago the number stood at 700 million. To help with privacy for their clients, the company announced that they were adding the end to end encryption feature last month meaning all photos, videos, and messages sent via the app would be encrypted. Brian Acton, one of the founders said at the time that secure products made the world a safer place.
The introduction to the Mac operating system means the app can now be seen as a direct rival to the iMessage feature on Apple devices. The messaging platform will be viable for users who want to communicate with people on other platforms. Even if the OS X system allows non-iMessage texts to non-Apple users, using one service for everything might just be tempting.
The WhatsApp Web Version and the OS X version are available on the company’s website. After downloading them, you can scan the QR code from your smartphone and sync all your details across all devices.