WhatsApp has officially launched a native app for macOS that offers users the ability to participate in video calls with up to eight callers and audio calls with up to 32 callers. This was announced by Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page, and the application itself can be downloaded directly from the WhatsApp website. Soon it will also be available in the Apple App Store.
WhatsApp has been testing a native Mac client for some time now. Earlier this year, the company released the app in a public beta targeting users with Apple Silicon-based systems and macOS 11 Big Sur or later. This followed a similar move in March when WhatsApp announced a new Windows client with similar group calling features.
WhatsApp first launched its desktop apps back in 2016. However, with the change in desktop architecture, the company updated its clients. In 2021, WhatsApp began experimenting with linking multiple devices to one account, allowing users to receive messages on four devices even if their smartphone was not connected to the Internet.