Beta Test the New Desktop Ap

Blizzard posted news today offering users a chance to Beta Test their new Desktop Bnet Ap. Details:

In the months ahead, the game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III will be automatically updated to our new desktop app for, designed to improve the launcher experience and streamline your ability to play Blizzard games — but if you’re interested in upgrading now, you can!

What’s this launcher update do? The new single sign-on functionality allows players to log in once to access World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the upcoming PC and Mac versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and stay logged in for up to 30 days.

Players can also install games directly through the app and, if you choose to leave the app running on your desktop, keep them up-to-date automatically even while you’re away from your computer. Please note that it’s entirely up to you whether you wish to leave the app running — you can exit it at any time, and it will automatically re-launch whenever your standard launchers would.

For more information, check out the FAQ.

You can download and get to beta testing the ap with this link, and of course you’ll need to sign onto your account to set it up. Comments on the ap thus far are pretty positive; it’s said to be very useful if you play multiple Blizzard games, grabbing patches and hotfixes automatically and saving you time logging in and eliminating the need to always be using different authenticators.

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4 thoughts on “Beta Test the New Desktop Ap

  1. I’m really impressed with the app so far…
    Kind of feels like Steam before it got bloated this past year.
    Not sure if they plan on adding more social features, like accessing the friends lists (RealID or BattleTag) and chatting in the app, but feels like a logical progression. If they add that, however, they had better add the Invisible mode they’ve been promising us as well.
    And before people start whinging at all the missing features, try to keep in mind that it’s still pretty new and in beta.

    • Ooooh nifty! Just noticed that it also shows you which friends are logged into which game right on the individual game page. No messaging that I can find as of yet, but probably in the future.

  2. I downloaded it this morning, so far it’s been pretty nice. If they get the friends list and messaging incorporated into it someday, that would make it pretty handy for me.

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