WhatsApp introducing voice and video calling on desktop
WhatsApp is allowing users to make video and voice calls on their desktop for the
first time. WhatsApp said it made the move following a “significant increase”
in people making calls on the platform during the coronavirus pandemic,
when other video calling services like Zoom have also seen huge spikes in popularity.
Group calls will still have to be made on mobile devices, but the Facebook-owned
app has confirmed it is planning to expand its desktop offering to group calls in the
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“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,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a blog post.
“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.”
It comes after a backlash over privacy changes enforced by its parent
company Facebook, which required a second attempt to get users to agree to them.