Facebook owned instant messaging app, WhatsApp has updated its web interface that was launched earlier this year in January, to include a handful of new features that enable increased control over your chats and group conversations that take place on your browser.
WhatsApp on Web, the browser version, that allowed users to carry out WhatsApp chats via a desktop or laptop had major setbacks and was pretty-much simplistic.
The newly added features will help users use more options, such as editing their profile photo and status message. The settings icon now provides access to options available on the mobile version for managing conversations such as deleting and archiving on-going chats. Apart from the delete and archive option, users can also mute, or abandon a group chat on the desktop version. In addition, users can now change or edit their profile status and the image.
WhatsApp Rolls-out Features for Web Version
It seems as though, the Web version’s contact and group pans also undergone the changes, as there are new big red buttons to exit groups and delete chats. In addition, it has made a few UI tweaks and added a few keyboard shortcuts for some of the functions, although, they don’t seem to be working consistently just yet.
As of now, there’s no word on whether the recently updated features are still under the test phase or are going to be released gradually. Since the changes are server-triggered, users don’t need to manually update their mobile app.
WhatsApp for Web was initially compatible with only Google Chrome. However, in February, the instant messaging service added two more browsers that support the browser version – Opera and Firefox. WhatsApp has monopolized its popularity in countries like Brazil, Russia, India and Mexico.
According to the 2015 Q2 Mobile Messaging Report published by GlobalWebIndex shows that WhatsApp Messenger is the second most popular chat app standing at 28 per cent, with Facebook Messenger at the enviable position by being the most popular chat app at 30 percent. Skype, had a somewhat lower usage at 22 percent. According to the data made public, WhatsApp has the biggest registered audience, with its users actively engaged on a regular basis.