WhatsApp has updated its Windows desktop client to add group video calling support and the multi-device function.
These are some of the most awaited features on the WhatsApp Desktop app, almost putting the client on par with its mobile counterparts. Users can now video call up to 8 people and voice call up to 32 people – all end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp Group Calling on Desktop
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced an updated WhatsApp client for the Windows desktop – that has performance improvements and better calling features. Currently, the WhatsApp Desktop app is limited to only direct calls between two persons.
But now, with the updated app, users can join or make group calls of up to 8 people, says Zuckerberg. Further, users can join voice calls of up to 32 people – all end-to-end encrypted. This is the same limit as the WhatsApp mobile app and may be further in near future to accommodate more people.
Further, the new desktop app also supports multi-device sync to let you use WhatsApp on the desktop – even if your phone is switched off. These are just a couple of changes coming lately to develop the overall ecosystem, where WhatsApp is striving to make the experience better on large-screen devices.
In June last year, the company released a Mac client in a public beta version – allowing MacBook users to try WhatsApp better on laptops. Further, the company is optimizing its experience on tablets too, with the launch of suitable features like a two-pane display layout.
And for groups, the platform has rolled out features like Communities and additional tools for group admins to control their groups better. One of which includes the ability to restrict who can join their groups, while also engaging the existing ones with various features.