Mumbai: Days after Facebook-owned WhatsApp was rumoured to be working on an all new standalone desktop app, the instant messaging platform on Wednesday finally released a new desktop app, exclusively for Windows and Mac users.
However, all the features available on the desktop version of the app have been witnessed on the WhstsApp Web platform, and offer nothing new. WhatsApp has also put up a new blog introducing the new app.
It 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.”
Earlier reports hinted that the new app will eliminate the need to pair your phone via a QR code; however, it seems unlikely that there will be any such support and users will still need to have their phone around to log on to the desktop version of the app.
Considering the commendable updates rolled out by the chatting app over the past few months, this app comes as a big disappointment.
The fact that it has over a billion users; majority belonging to the working class, the company should have eliminated the need for a smartphone completely.
Ideally, it should have added a completely desktop-centric app along with it’s existing mobile-centric app, just like it’s parent company’s messenger services.
Another predicament is the apps support for limited operating systems: The new desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+, which means a vast portion of Windows 7 users are not entitled to receive the update.
The only reason to smile amid the difficulties is the new app’s support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and a few more functionalities.
Well, we hope that the instant messaging giant soon comes up with updates to incorporate exciting features to it’s desktop app....