Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023, 16:44 Mac: Software

WhatsApp For Mac – Open Beta Of Native Mac Version Released For All Users

There are many messengers on the market, with one clearly dominant brand worldwide – WhatsApp. Although one of the reasons for the app's success is surely the fact that it can be used on every platform, the app's initial management also recognized the new market for instant messaging apps on smartphones. Founded in 2009, WhatsApp quickly overthrew SMS, creating the new app genre. During the app's first few years, users were required to pay for a subscription fee – 99¢. By 2014, Facebook had placed US$19 million on the table to secure itself the platform. Other important steps in the software's history were the introduction of WhatsApp Web, for usage via web-browser, audio and video calls, as well as WhatsApp business – intended as a support channel for companies and businesses.

WhatsApp Mac As Open Beta
Now, there's another such relevant development has occurred. More than half a year ago, the company released a beta client of a new version of WhatsApp for Mac users – making it possible to test pilot a copy of the beta software via TestFlight. Of course, the number of places in the beta program were so sparse that there was hardly any chance for most users to gain access. However, that's now changed as of this week after WhatsApp just released an open beta now immediately available for all users.



Ported Via Catalyst
The new Mac version of WhatsApp is a 100% native app – or a fully native port of the mobile version via Catalyst. However, the app's preceding version for the Mac utilized Electron –  the implementation of which made it a less than optimal solution, particularly as far as resource usage. As per the beta's description, users can use all the familiar functions of the iOS version. The developers state that the software requires macOS 10.11, however, it really requires macOS 11 Big Sur. Now that the test software is available for direct download, it's no longer necessary to use TestFlight. However, users will still need to couple the app to their smartphone – just the same as users who access the app via web-browser are required to. Now that WhatsApp has made its way to the Mac, it's only missing in one place in the Apple lineup – the iPad.

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