WhatsApp voice calling has been added as a new feature in the desktop applications of Windows and Mac. In December of last year, the instant messaging platform began to launch voice and video calls only for specific users from desktop applications. Now, the company confirms through a press release that the voice call feature has been added to the desktop application. The company said in its official statement: “Answering questions on a larger screen makes it easier to work with colleagues, to see family members more clearly on a larger canvas, or to free up your hands to move around during a conversation. “

In order to ensure the ease of operation on the desktop application, WhatsApp ensures that it can run seamlessly in both vertical and horizontal directions. WhatsApp for Desktop will appear in a separate window on the screen, which can be adjusted to suit the needs of the user. It will always be displayed at the top so that the user will not lose the video chat in the open window or browser tab.

WhatsApp also pointed out in its statement that all voice and video calls on its app have been encrypted end-to-end. The company said that the security and privacy features will remain the same regardless of whether the call is made from a mobile device or a desktop PC.

In the announcement, WhatsApp also stated that users can only make one-to-one calls through desktop applications on Windows and Mac computers. The Facebook-owned company says this is to ensure a “reliable and high-quality” experience. In the future, this feature will be expanded to include group voice and video calls.

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WhatsApp stated in its press release that it has seen a significant increase in users calling each other on WhatsApp, “usually long conversations.” On New Year’s Eve, the messaging service said it broke the record for the most calls in a day. More than 1.4 billion voice and video calls have been made.

In early January, WhatsApp also announced another new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop-unlocking the face and fingerprints when connecting the device. The company stated: “This adds a layer of protection when you want to link your WhatsApp account to your computer.” With this new feature, users will be required to link their WhatsApp account to their computer via fingerprint or Face ID.


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