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WhatsApp to bring voice and video calls to desktop next year

With over 2 billion users globally, WhatsApp is second only to its parent firm Facebook Inc's namesake app, yet it is largely used for personal calls, unlike Zoom or Google Meet.

By: Reuters | Updated: December 23, 2020 1:25:54 pm
WhatsApp, WhatsApp stickers, WhatsApp christmas stickers, WhatsApp 2020 stickers, WhatsApp new year stickers, whatsapp update, whatsapp news, whatsapp sticker,WhatsApp will soon roll out video and web calling on desktop as well. (Image source: Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp will introduce voice and video calling feature to the messaging app’s desktop version next year, a company spokesperson told Reuters.

The move to facilitate calls over large screens would put WhatsApp on par with video-conferencing bigwigs Zoom and Google Meet, but it is unclear if it has ambitions to compete with the  two in the enterprise space.

With over 2 billion users globally, WhatsApp is second only to its parent firm Facebook Inc’s namesake app, yet it is largely used for personal calls, unlike Zoom or Google Meet. WhatsApp said it has already rolled out the feature to some desktop users on a trial basis in time for the holiday season, a move first reported by tech blog WA Beta Info.

Read in Tamil: WhatsApp to bring voice and video calls to desktop next year

A second wave of the coronavirus has forced many people around the world to stay home and plan gatherings with friends and family over the internet instead.

Read more: WhatsApp Web call feature rolled out to select users: Everything we know

Zoom Video Communications Inc said on Friday it was removing the 40-minute time limit for its free accounts on all meetings globally for the holiday season .In a similar move, Google Meet has said free users would not have to limit conversations to 60 minutes until March.

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