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WhatsApp launches desktop app for Windows and Mac

Earlier today, popular messaging service WhatsApp announced a desktop client for Mac OS X. The new client comes a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface. Recently, we also saw end-to-end encryption for all communication through the service.

Like the WhatsApp web client, WhatsApp for Mac relies on its mobile counter-part and like iMessage between iOS and OS X, WhatsApp syncs conversations across all your devices. Additionally, because the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts and 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 recently announced that it had more than 1 billion active users. And last month, the company announced that all messages, photos, videos, calls made through the app would be encrypted end-to-end, which is a big selling point for the service.

WhatsApp for OS X is now available 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.
What do you think about WhatsApp for Mac? Let us know in the comments below

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