WhatsApp, the widely used free messaging system is now available on many platforms and operating systems. Previously, it was only available for the major platforms such as Android and iOS, but it has recently become available for ChromeOS – based devices like the Chromebooks and it seems to continue this trend of availability on as many platforms as possible.
The latest operating systems to get it is Ubuntu/Linux, OS X and Windows and the WhatsApp for these platform comes with many other features apart from the usual ability to send text message, photos and videos in a conversation.
Some of those perks include badges with the number of notifications in the dock or taskbar for OS X and Windows, auto-launch on OS X and Windows, native notifications for the three platforms and system tray icon (OS X, Windows). Furthermore, it will open links in a browser or in a new window and there will also be a Preferences tab in the right click context menu. In the case of OS X, the preferences will be in the menu bar, whereas in Windows, the tab will be located in the tray menu.
As for Ubuntu, if you’re thinking about getting the WhatsApp version on your Linux based device this is what you should know according to the disclaimer that comes with it. Basically, the disclaimer says that the project does not intend to reverse engineer the WhatsApp API and that any communication between the user and WhatsApp is handled by WhatsApp. The Ubuntu version of WhatsApp is simply a native wrapper for the app’s Web Client and it resembles a browser more than it resembles software.
Before you download your WhatsApp for Ubuntu/Linux installer, you should make sure that it matches your OS type (32 bit or 64 bit) because if you don’t pay attention to that it may not work on your computer.