WhatsApp has finally brought its popular IM service over to desktop and you’ll basically be able to run it as a web client directly from inside a web browser. There’s nothing needed to be downloaded and setting up the messenger is a breeze, but there is one small issue – The web client is only supported on Google Chrome.
Basically, no other web browser will work and attempting to run WhatsApp on them will only land you an error message stating to download Chrome. This is certainly disappointing for those who use aren’t fond of Google’s web browser or prefer not having to install a secondary one. Nevertheless, more options will be added to the list soon. The company’s founder, Jan Koum, took to Facebook to announce the launch of the new client.
He notes that the latest release is merely ‘an extension of your phone.’ What the web version does is it ‘mirrors conversations and messages.’ In short, all of your chats will be visible on the browser just as you’d see them on the mobile app. To get the web tool connected, you will need to have your smartphone nearby.
You’ll basically have to head over to the dedicated website – https://web.whatsapp.com – on Google Chrome and scan the QR code by navigating to the messenger app and selecting the WhatsApp Web option from the menu. Once that’s done, you’ll find all your contacts and conversions loaded into the browser. The client supports voice messages and allows you to send images saved on your PC or via your webcam.
WhatsApp Web requires the latest version of the mobile application to be installed on Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia S60. iOS support is yet to be introduced and there’s no official word of its availability.