WhatsApp Desktop

WhatsApp, now on your desktop

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#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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Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Franz is also a popular desktop client that merges Whatsapp, Slack, Telegram, and Messenger into one.
Zac Coffman-Magaha
Zac Coffman-Magaha@zaccoffman · Marketing Generalist 2 at PayPal
@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.
Juan Gabriel Perez
Juan Gabriel Perez@juan_perez2 · Social Media Director at Japan Crate
@rrhoover Can say that Franz is a life changer – much recommended to anyone who is on multiple chat platforms.
chinozc@chinozc · Next Media Agency
@rrhoover FRANZ is my #1 chat app, All in one
Arjun Rajkishore
Arjun Rajkishore@arjunrajkishore
@rrhoover Franz is my favourite. My whatsapp, slack and Skype are connected to it!
Andreas Duess
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@rrhoover Yes! I'm another Franz user, see no reason to move away from the best chat client out there.
Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
WhatsApp is now on desktop. Holla.
Ruben Garcia
Ruben Garcia@rubengarciam · Solutions Engineer @ Dropbox
@chrismessina Finally, no more half baked electron wrappers :)
Paul Walsh
Paul Walsh@paul__walsh · @MetaCert CEO
@chrismessina This is just amazing. A massive, massive game changer. Did I say massive.
Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@paul__walsh massive.
David Chang
David Chang@chang2301 · Founder, Ziltag
@chrismessina It's about time!
Antonio Bustamante
Antonio Bustamante@antonio_bustamante · Cofounder at Silo. Designer, Engineer.
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.
Tanmay Desai
Tanmay Desai@tanmaydesai89 · will always go the extra mile.
@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
Nir Dremer
Nir Dremer@nird · Product @ Stripe
@antonio_bustamante Totally Agree. Nice to see an official release but I could not find a single difference from ChitChat (Mac wrapper).
Chris@christeso · Founder/CEO Chirpify
@antonio_bustamante How is the world moving away from phone numbers?
Antonio Bustamante
Antonio Bustamante@antonio_bustamante · Cofounder at Silo. Designer, Engineer.
@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.
Chris@christeso · Founder/CEO Chirpify
@antonio_bustamante Interesting. I always thought phone numbers lasted longer than email addresses. Thanks for the thoughts.
Shiv@shivkanthb · Make, break and ship.
Seems like it still needs the phone connection to be active for the desktop app to work. :/
Andrew Palmer
Andrew Palmer@andrew_palmer
@shivkanthb You've gotta be kidding me
Azam Khan
Azam Khan@azamkhan · Co-Founder @ Distru
@shivkanthb thats whack
Dennis Kromhout van der Meer
Dennis Kromhout van der Meer@denniskvdm · Bitbucket Product Manager, Atlassian
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.