The functionality was being tested by only a few users a few months ago, but WhatsApp has announced that it will now reach everyone. Finally, the possibility of making audio and video calls on WhatsApp was launched from its desktop applications.
The functionality thus begins to reach users of the Windows and Mac apps, who are now able to make audio and video calls on WhatsApp on these platforms. For now, there is a limitation: only calls between two people are allowed. In addition, the Web version is not entitled to functionality.
Calls with two more people will only arrive in the future to WhatsApp for computer
It is important to note, however, that in the future calls will be allowed with more people, as in the mobile version. And like the calls in this version, WhatsApp promises security.
You must bear in mind that these calls on the computer will have end-to-end encryption. In other words, Facebook will not, theoretically, have access to your voice and video conversations, which will not stop at its servers.
Although it arrives late, WhatsApp aims to capitalize on one of the greatest needs imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic: communicating remotely in a variety of ways.
It is important to remember how applications like Zoom have become very popular in the confinement scenario. What Facebook tries to do here is to catch some of that train, but to be able to compete directly you will need to have group calls.
It is also important to note that calls from the computer were already a reality in WhatsApp’s rivals, Signal and Telegram. This news comes a few weeks after WhatsApp launched its controversial new privacy policies.
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