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Brace yourself for a new round of panic about consumer IT providing new ways to leak stuff to the outside world, because Facebook has released Mac OS and Windows versions of messaging application WhatsApp. Facebook slurped WhatsApp back in 2014 for the startling sum of US$16 billion. The service has done just fine since then, …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Mac OS version of the WhatsApp desktop app assumes you're already a user

    Apparently, as with the web version you need to scan a QR code with your cell phone, and keep it paired. Is there anything different or better on the application?

    1. Roj Blake Silver badge

      Re: The Mac OS version of the WhatsApp desktop app assumes you're already a user

      Presumably the desktop app acts as a data conduit from your PC to Facebook, which is definitely better if your surname is Zuckerberg.

      1. Dan 55 Silver badge

        Re: The Mac OS version of the WhatsApp desktop app assumes you're already a user

        If it's like WhatsApp for the web, your phone is in charge and the app connects to your phone via the Internet.

  2. Cuddles Silver badge

    Back to the '90s!

    So now not only can we send messages using our phones, but we can send them from our PCs as well? I still don't understand why WhatsApp exists at all, given that it doesn't do anything that hasn't existed for 20-odd years. Or anything that Facebook didn't already do for that matter.

    1. g e

      Re: Back to the '90s!

      Isn't it end-to-end encrypted now though or something?

    2. GavinC

      Re: Back to the '90s!

      It exists because it did it better. Smart phones started to take off, and WhatsApp was not only quick to capitalise, but did it much better than everyone else.

      At the time MSN/AOL/Yahoo messengers were popular, but their mobile phone apps were either non-existent or were incredibly difficult to use.

      WhatsApp was not only easier to use, but thanks to using phone numbers instead of usernames, made it incredibly easy to find and message your friends.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    But not...

    On Linux...which is odd because im guessing this app with be some sort of wrapper or API endpoint for the Webclient.

    Oh well ill stick to the unofficial one for now thats been around for ages.

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