WhatsApp Desktop

WhatsApp, now on your desktop

#2 Product of the DayMay 10, 2016
More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp1 to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free2 and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world
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Franz is also a popular desktop client that merges Whatsapp, Slack, Telegram, and Messenger into one.
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@rrhoover Due to that, I see no reason to switch unless the WhatsApp team finds a way to add in features only they can.... Which I don't see happening.
@rrhoover Can say that Franz is a life changer – much recommended to anyone who is on multiple chat platforms.
@rrhoover FRANZ is my #1 chat app, All in one
@rrhoover Franz is my favourite. My whatsapp, slack and Skype are connected to it!
@rrhoover Yes! I'm another Franz user, see no reason to move away from the best chat client out there.
WhatsApp is now on desktop. Holla.
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@chrismessina Finally, no more half baked electron wrappers :)
@chrismessina This is just amazing. A massive, massive game changer. Did I say massive.
Essentially a wrapper of their web application. Two big obstacles right now: - Their architecture. Having to depend on my phone to have a Whatsapp conversation is archaic. Sometimes I don't have my phone with me, or it's simply not connected to the same network. - Phone numbers. Whatsapp is obsessed about phone numbers, and they uniquely identify sessions and accounts. The world is moving away from phone numbers, and Whatsapp should follow along. The experience is just not flexible enough. I basically switched to LINE and Facebook Messenger because of these reasons.
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@antonio_bustamante I don't see them as obstaclrs. 1. Verifying with phone is actually a good security hack, and really easy one. It's like magic password link(Slack). 2. People I care about are in my phonebook, and not on Facebook. Never have I ever added anyone to WhatsApp. Everyone was already there from my phonebook and they keep coming. I guess the only thing that is missing - http://tapsla.sh/PAv9b85
@antonio_bustamante Totally Agree. Nice to see an official release but I could not find a single difference from ChitChat (Mac wrapper).
@antonio_bustamante How is the world moving away from phone numbers?
@christeso Phone numbers change up and down, and they depend on a number of factors. Keeping them is hard if you change operators, and impossible if you change countries. Modern messaging apps rely on email addresses and other identifiers that persist much longer and that allow for more flexibility.
@antonio_bustamante Interesting. I always thought phone numbers lasted longer than email addresses. Thanks for the thoughts.
Seems like it still needs the phone connection to be active for the desktop app to work. :/
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@shivkanthb You've gotta be kidding me
It's great that they have an official desktop client, but it doesn't follow OSX UX guidelines. There is no way to close the chat window without closing the app - it should run in the background instead.