Yes, that is a great news. WhatsApp has officially released the EXE version of app that can be run on Windows 32 bit or 64 bit operating Systems. Now you can chat easily from your PC or laptop with the desktop or laptop keyboard. This app will allow you to use keyboard shortcuts and native desktop notifications. It is a significant change on WhatsApp after it was acquired by Facebook.
DMG version of WhatsApp available for Mac OS X versions from 10.9. It is very similar to how WhatsApp web works, but this is definitely a better native app to stay in touch with your friends and family without using the small screen and difficult keyboards on smartphone!
Download WhatsApp EXE/DMG for Windows and Mac
You can visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download/ to download the required version of WhatsApp for your Windows PC/Mac.
Once you have downloaded the app, you do not need to install on Windows 10,8.1 or 8. Opening the file will open the WhatsApp program on the PC directly without installation.
How it works is very similar to web client. You need to setup and scan the QR code from the smartphone where working WhatsApp is configured.
It can’t work as standalone chat program like Facebook messenger or Google talk chat, your smartphone should be connected to internet while you use WhatsApp on PC with this app. It will mirror the app and replicate it from smartphone.
You can find the option under settings in WhatsApp app on your smartphone such as iPhone, Android or Windows phone to scan the QR code. Once it is successfully scanned and paired with the phone, you will be seeing the same WhatsApp app on your Windows/Mac computers as below.
Attachments such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files can be sent through desktop app easily now. If you are in long chat and want to share files and type more texts, then this app will be super useful on your laptop or desktop.
The Drawback or Catch
This is not a standalone app to install and use on your PC or Mac computer without smartphone. Since WhatsApp work thorough the registered mobile number, your smartphone is required to work. New users to WhatsApp can’t use this app or register without a Smartphone activation.