WhatsApp hasn’t given up on Microsoft’s app retailer and Meta (beforehand Fb) is engaged on a brand new venture for Home windows 11 and Home windows 10 behind its closed doorways. The corporate is outwardly engaged on a brand new UWP or fashionable native app for Home windows 11 and Home windows 10, and screenshots are doing rounds on social media.
For these unaware, WhatsApp was one of many few apps that was incessantly up to date on Home windows 10 Cell even when Microsoft introduced the top of help for the working system.
Sadly, previous WhatsApp was based mostly on Silverlight, which suggests it wasn’t a Common Home windows Platform app (UWP,) and it couldn’t run throughout all of the completely different Home windows 10 platforms. Three years later, WhatsApp is definitely engaged on a UWP app for the desktop working system.
At present, WhatsApp’s desktop app within the Microsoft Retailer is essentially based mostly on the net (net.whatsapp.com) model of WhatsApp and it makes use of the Electron framework. The present app connects to WhatsApp and offers customers entry to the WhatsApp net interface, and customers must authenticate the connection by scanning a QR code.
UWP-based WhatsApp would technically imply that Home windows desktop customers shall be supplied with entry to WhatsApp chats with out connecting to the online model. Additionally, it is a full-fledged UWP consumer, written from scratch and it’s not based mostly on net parts. In different phrases, this new WhatsApp desktop consumer gained’t be an internet wrapper.
As we talked about on the outset, the WhatsApp desktop app affords a uneven expertise and it’s slower than the native app obtainable on Android or IOS. This new WhatsApp consumer is predicated on UWP and Meta/Fb is outwardly utilizing the XAML UI language to match the appear and feel of Home windows 11 or 10 apps.
It’s also going to be quicker and it might present chats within the chat listing, just like the WhatsApp net.
Anybody utilizing the WhatsApp desktop app has been restricted to text-based messages and voice calls with some limitations. Alternatively, the UWP consumer is anticipated to introduce higher help for each voice and video calls that may be positioned utilizing a microphone.
Curiously, it seems to be like WhatsApp is working intently with Microsoft to allow Home windows Ink integration. As you may see within the above screenshot, WhatsApp goes to incorporate a brand new drawing characteristic, which is about to assist customers annotate photos after which add them on to the chat.
WhatsApp UWP will help backup, native notifications, choices to customise chat, and extra.
WhatsApp UWP shall be supplied by way of the brand new Microsoft Retailer which is now additionally obtainable on Home windows 10.