The biggest social messaging platform WhatsApp on Thursday introduced voice and video calling features on its desktop App. According to WhatsApp, their private and secure one-to-one voice and video calls are now available on desktop App.
In a statement, WhatsApp said, “Throughout the last year, we’ve seen significant increases in people calling one another on WhatsApp, often for long conversations.
“Last New Year’s Eve, we broke the record for the most calls ever made in a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls.
“With so many people still distant from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech, you’re using.
“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.”
The move to facilitate calls over large screens put WhatsApp on par with Zoom and Google Meet, but it is unclear if it has ambitions to compete with the two in the enterprise space. WhatsApp users are over two billion globally as compare to its parent firm Facebook Inc, until now, it is the second largely App used for personal calls, unlike Zoom or Google Meet.