WhatsApp today released a desktop version of their very popular app. This new desktop app could push the companies growth even further; according to Statista, as of February of this year, there were over one billion active monthly users.

WhatAapp is a cross-platform mobile messaging application that allows its users to exchange SMS, Voice messages, and share media and video without any fees.

In early April, the company also took a stand on encryption, and communications through the app are all end-to-end encrypted by default. Founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!, have made it very clear that "when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation."

WhatsApp is now on the Desktop

The new WhatsApp desktop app will mirror conversations and messages that are currently on your smartphone device, and is available for Windows 8+ and the Mac OS 10.9+

Download the app here.