WhatsApp on the Desktop: the great, Bad and Ugly
New apps for PCs and Macs give users a replacement thanks to access WhatsApp on the desktop, but is that the experience that far better than WhatsApp Web?
Before messaging service WhatsApp released apps for Windows and OS X yesterday (May 10), the chat service’s approximately 1 billion users (myself included) had to open an internet browser to use chat on a Mac or PC. On the surface, not much is changing with the new apps, which look a bit like WhatsApp Web but add keyboard shortcuts and native notifications.
The apps are often downloaded here, but they only support Windows 8 and later and OS X 10.9, so users of older operating systems are exclude. We’ve tried the OS X client (which appears to be feature-identical to the PC version) and located that while a desktop version of WhatsApp is intriguing, it needs more features to be a compelling option.
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WhatsApp power users who have plenty of chats going at an equivalent time will likely enjoy the desktop version of the service, because it exposes keyboard shortcuts. this manner you’ll start a replacement chat, mute a current conversation, jump between your chats and complete other actions using your keyboard, instead of navigating together with your mouse as you’d in WhatsApp Web.
If you are like me and only have a couple of active chats getting into WhatsApp at any given moment, though, this won’t be the foremost attractive option, as keyboard shortcuts really are available handy only you would like to maneuver between multiple chats.
WhatsApp’s desktop clients also send notifications through your OS, instead of forwarding them through Chrome’s own notification system. That’s definitely a useful feature for once I use OS X’s don’t Disturb choice to mute notifications to raised focus.
Unfortunately, the notification boxes didn’t provide me an choice to send a response directly; they only allow me to click through to the app, a bit like on WhatsApp Web. Also, with Chrome beginning to offer native notifications, this feature might not be as important within the future.