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  • Whatsapp Officially Launches App for Mac Users

    Facebook owned and popular messaging service, WhatsApp has announced its desktop client for OS X users.



    It comes months after the popular messaging service rolled out end-to-end encryption for all chat conversations.

    Whatsapp Mac application relies heavily on the mobile version of the communication platform, similar to iMessage and iOS and OS X. WhatsApp keeps all conversations synced across all of your devices. Now the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and much more.

    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 has been growing at an extraordinary pace recently. The service announced that it had more than 1 billion active users earlier this year, up from 700 million a year ago. Last month, WhatsApp announced that all messages, photos, phone calls, and videos sent over its \ app would be encrypted end-to-end. With over 1 billion users, support for truly private conversations is a huge selling point for the service. WhatsApp founder Brian Acton argued at the time that “building secure products actually makes for a safer world.”

    With a dedicated Mac client, WhatsApp is now a much more viable alternative to iMessage for users that communicate often with users of other platforms. While OS X supports text message forwarding for communicating with non-iMessage users, the ability to use one central service with end-to-end encryption for communication is tempting for many.

    WhatsApp for OS X and Windows is available now from the company’s website. Once you’ve downloaded the client on your desktop, open the app on your smartphone and scan the QR code to sync all of your information between devices.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Whatsapp Officially Launches App for Mac Users started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Caiden Spencer View Post

      WhatsApp for OS X and Windows is available now from the company’s website.
      Is it available for Windows also?
    1. SkyeAdvernt's Avatar
      SkyeAdvernt -
      They should come up with an app for the ipad so everything can be synced together.

      I think I'll be downloading the MAC app too
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Windows and Mac yes article updated.
    1. yohu123's Avatar
      yohu123 -
      Whats the exact name of the app on the Mac AppStore as I am finding many alternatives to it but no such app called 'WhatsApp Mac' or just simply 'WhatsApp'. Also a Mac AppStore link will be great.

      Edit: Nevermind, I eventually found the link on the WhatsApp website itself: https://web.whatsapp.com/desktop/mac/files/WhatsApp.zip

      @Caiden: It would be nice to add the above link to your thread under 'company's website'.
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by yohu123 View Post
      Whats the exact name of the app on the Mac AppStore as I am finding many alternatives to it but no such app called 'WhatsApp Mac' or just simply 'WhatsApp'. Also a Mac AppStore link will be great.

      Edit: Nevermind, I eventually found the link on the WhatsApp website itself: https://web.whatsapp.com/desktop/mac/files/WhatsApp.zip

      @Caiden: It would be nice to add the above link to your thread under 'company's website'.

      Yes it is available online, visit WhatsApp's website on https://web.whatsapp.com/desktop/mac/files/WhatsApp.zip
    1. xushi's Avatar
      xushi -
      Nice, and yes they say there's a windows version

      https://www.whatsapp.com/download/

      I had to block the app talking to Adwords on my firewall for privacy reasons though.. tisk tisk.