When they launched it in January 2010, WhatsApp’s developers had in mind to let only smartphone users to install this application, which required a mobile number in order to verify accounts. Much later, a web client was brought to computer users, who wanted to write messages using a real keyboard, but they were still unsatisfied because they had to open a browser and access their accounts after scanning the QR code from web.whatsapp.com. Well, the good news is that WhatsApp has a native app for Windows. The bad news is that users still need to scan the QR code in order to login.
WhatsApp has over 1 billion active users and some of them are accessing their accounts from their computers. Until now, they had to open one of the supported web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Microsoft Edge, to visit web.whatsapp.com and to scan the QR code using their phone’s camera while WhatsApp was running and all their contacts and chats were syncing and updating in real time, when users were sending messages from their computers.
Things haven’t changed much. Developers have released a native application for Windows PC and laptops, which can be downloaded from WhatsApp’s website, but users still need to scan the QR code using their phones. The application runs smoothly and it has the same features as the mobile version.
In order to create a new chat, new group or to archive chats, users must go to the menu bar. Also, users have the possibility to install new updates, that they don’t have a problem with potential bugs and errors.
WhatsApp is expected to receive the Video Calling feature soon and users have spotted it in the latest beta updates, but it wasn’t enabled and developers have removed it eventually, because it’s not ready to be released. This means that they still need to work on it and to make sure that there won’t be issues. They don’t want to repeat the same mistakes they’ve made with the voice calling feature, which had lags, it consumed too much mobile data and calls were interrupting out of the sudden.
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