Given that WhatsApp is already bringing out an updated Windows app with eight-person video calls, it may soon overtake Zoom as its main competitor. Users will also be able to host audio calls with up to 32 individuals simultaneously using the desktop program.
Many of these capabilities have been available on Android and iOS for quite some time now, so if anything seems familiar, it probably is. This is a part of Meta’s ongoing efforts to make WhatsApp’s desktop clients more functionally equivalent to the mobile app.
Although Zoom is not the only video conferencing tool available, it is the most generally used and chosen due to its many advantages over the competition. For instance, anyone may access Zoom because it is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android and doesn’t require an account to use.
Other improvements on the WhatsApp Windows app
In the same spirit, various internal adjustments have been done on WhatsApp to improve multi-device connection, and the user interface has also been updated to look more like the smartphone app. Now that new capabilities like link previews and stickers are available, devices will be able to connect to WhatsApp on Windows more rapidly than they could previously.
In comparison to Zoom, which on its Basic plan supports up to 100 participants in a video conference, this update might not seem like much. Nonetheless, the business claims it intends to raise the number of participants the software can accommodate in group calls. Hence, it’s very feasible that in the future, the volume of video calls on WhatsApp may surpass that of Zoom meetings. The recent Communities feature proves that Meta isn’t scared to allow sizable organizations on its platform.
Managing communities and groups
Speaking of Communities, earlier this week an upgrade to WhatsApp for mobile devices made it easier for users to manage their groups. Admins are now able to reject applicants. It’s a relatively minor but desperately needed improvement that truly ought to have been made from the outset. You may check if you and a contact live in the same community anytime you look up a contact’s name.
Further plans are being worked on, according to Meta, which just released a new beta for Android tablets and is currently developing one for Mac desktops. There wasn’t much information provided, but according to a recent tip from WABetaInfo, the most recent Android beta(opens in new tab) adds a new toggle for polls preventing users from selecting more than one option. It’s completely unknown for macOS. In spite of the fact that it might be associated with the planned “native app build with Mac Catalyst” that is currently under development.
For more imformation about the latest improvements on WhatsApp’s Windows app, you can take a look at Meta’s announcement blog. There seems to be a good amount of positive feedback to the current state of the app and users are excited about the possible near-future improvements. With a high-quality and free video call service, WhatsApp really has the potential to threaten Zoom’s current customer base. We have already handled the Windows app of WhatsApp in detail if you’d like to check it out: New WhatsApp app for Windows offers an improved experience