WhatsApp adds video and voice call support to its desktop app

WhatsApp is finally rolling out video and voice calls support to its desktop app for Windows. With the latest version installed, you can make and receive one-to-one calls. At this moment, there is no group calls support, but the Facebook-owned messenger promises to fix this inconvenience in the near future. Also, for some reason, WhatsApp on Mac does not support any kind of calls. The same applies to WhatsApp for Web.

WhatsApp advertises voice and video calls on Windows to work “seamlessly” in both portrait and landscape mode, which is mostly useful to hybrid notebooks and tablet owners. Another important thing to note is that WhatsApp calls on Windows are set to “always on top.” WhatsApp considers a call the most important thing you can do on your PC at a given moment. The idea behind such an implementation is to “never lose your video chats in a stack of open windows.”

You can download WhatsApp for Windows from the official website.

Currently, more than 2 billion people use WhatsApp daily. Despite having such a massive audience, WhatsApp is missing lots of features available in less popular messengers. For example, there is no multi-device support nor a convenient or straightforward way to transfer your chat history between different platforms. Moreover, both desktop and web clients require a constant connection to your phone.

Besides several UX inconveniences, WhatsApp currently goes through another privacy scandal that led to quite a significant user migration to rival messengers, such as Telegram or Signal. Facebook says if you do not accept new privacy-invading policies, it will delete your WhatsApp account. To help users ditch a messenger from Facebook, Telegram recently introduced a chat migration tool that transfers all your history to Telegram.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

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