WhatsApp has announced that users can now make voice and video calls on its desktop app.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service said that it wants “conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible.”
According to WhatsApp, the new feature “works seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation.”
“Answering on a bigger screen makes it easier to work with colleagues, see your family more clearly on a bigger canvas, or free up your hands to move around a room while talking.
“To make desktop calling more useful, we made sure it works seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation, appears in a resizable standalone window on your computer screen, and is set to be always on top so you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows,” WhatsApp said.
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WhatsApp said that throughout the last year, it witnessed significant increases in people calling one another on its platform, often for long conversations.
It also reminded users of its commitment to protecting their conversations.
“Voice and video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t hear or see them, whether you call from your phone or your computer.
“We’re starting with one-to-one calls on the WhatsApp desktop app so we make sure we can give you a reliable and high-quality experience.
“We will be expanding this feature to include group voice and video calls in the future,” it said.
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WhatsApp made it mandatory for users to accept the terms if they wanted to keep on using the app.
This led to a huge backlash from users who found the compulsion to be sneaky.
Many users concluded that it was a scheme to pass on more user data to Facebook underhandedly.
Although WhatsApp maintains that there’s been no exchange of message, call, location, or contact data between both services.
According to them, the new policy is meant to strengthen support for some business features.