WhatsApp adds voice and video calls to its desktop app

You'll only be able to make one-to-one calls for now, but it'll expand to group calls later.

Angela Lang/CNET

WhatsApp on Wednesday added the ability to make voice and video calls via its desktop app. The feature will be limited to one-to-one calls initially, but the Facebook-owned messaging app will expand it down the line to include group calls.

Desktop calls work in both portrait and landscape orientation, appear in a resizable standalone window on your screen and are set to always be on top so they won't vanish under your mountain of open windows.

All WhatsApp calls are end-to-end encrypted (as are any messages you send), so the company can't hear or see them, it noted in its blog post.

In January, the company added the ability to use biometric data -- your face or fingerprint -- when linking devices.