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Our first big news of this week is from WhatsApp. WhatsApp releases voice and video calls on their desktop app.

Source: WhatsApp

I know there are many churches, ministries, and nonprofits listening to me who work in different parts of the world where WhatsApp is very popular. And it has lots of interesting features like groups and lists that help you communicate with a large group of people with much ease on your mobile, but now having these voice and video calls on the desktop is going to be even more helpful. Because in case of a ministry situation where you need to discuss something, either with your team members or with the people you serve as a nonprofit, it’s very easy now for you to assign the work to your team that uses a desktop app, to quickly get on a video call or a voice call and have that conversation.

I think it’s a big feature. WhatsApp says that it is “End-To-End encrypted”, so they can’t listen to it, that is on the WhatsApp Personal app, I’m assuming. “We are starting with 1-to-1 calls…”, the announcement says, “…on the WhatsApp Desktop app so we can make sure that we give you a reliable, high-quality experience. We will be expanding this feature into group voice and video calls in the future”. So group calling is also coming, in the days to come.

Note: This news item is part of the weekly news show, The Connected Church News, that collects the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News each week for leaders of churches, ministries or christian nonprofit, and presents it to them in 5 mins.

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