WhatsApp has been available for computers for a while now. It was initially only available for computers through a web interface but then it got its own desktop app but now WhatsApp has announced that there will finally be a native app which is currently available for Windows and will be coming soon on macOS.
For those wondering what the difference is, the previous app available on the desktop was based on Electron. It was basically a wrapper for the web app, which meant the only real advantage over the web version was that you wouldn’t have to keep your browser open, but otherwise it’s more or less the same.
With this native application, it has been rebuilt and optimized for Windows (and soon macOS). This should in theory provide a better and faster experience, and once you’re connected you won’t have to rely on your phone. This means that if your phone is off, you can still communicate through the desktop app.
Visually speaking, the app looks more or less like the previous app and the web app. Functionally it will also be identical, so other than it being more optimized under the hood, the overall experience should still be the same. The app can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store, so if you’re a frequent WhatsApp user, it might be worth checking out.