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WhatsApp Finally Comes To The Web

1-29WAWhatsApp didn’t get to be the world’s biggest mobile messaging app by following the crowd, but once in a while it has to mirror some of the features of its rivals. The Facebook-owned company announced today that it was bringing its service to web browsers with a plugin for Google’s popular Chrome browser. It means WhatsApp users can carry on chats seamlessly from their phones or their desktops for the very first time.

The service works by opening the latest version of WhatsApp, selecting “WhatsApp web” and scanning a QR code on the company’s website.

A couple of limitations: the service only works on Chrome, it doesn’t yet work for iPhone users due to “Apple platform limitations” (WhatsApp would not elaborate further on this) and your phone has to be connected to the web to actually use the desktop feature. If your phone loses its data connection, the desktop chat cuts out.

All told though, the process of setting up the service is already being praised as seamless and straightforward, and soon WhatsApp’s servers will likely be working overtime to deal with the flood of extra messages that users will sending back and forth — now that they can use their desktops and physical keyboards.

The idea of using a QR code to seamlessly add on a desktop feature is not new. WeChat has been using a similar login process to get access to its mobile users’ desktops for a while, as TechCrunch’s Jon Russell noted on Twitter earlier today:

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(Article and body image via Forbes)

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