Whereas Microsoft may be transferring away from Frequent Residence home windows Apps by incorporating WinUI and UWP APIs into Win32 apps, Fb isn’t quitting on it merely however. Ultimate 12 months, Meta-owned Fb launched a model new UWP shopper for WhatsApp on Residence home windows 10 and Residence home windows 11 in beta, and it’s updated regularly with numerous stuff.
WhatsApp UWP is solely often called ‘WhatsApp Beta’ and it is separate from the web-based WhatsApp Desktop you may already acquire from the company’s website or Microsoft Retailer.
In distinction to ‘WhatsApp Desktop’ which is an web wrapper with help for notifications and Start menu, the UWP app is written from scratch and it makes use of XAML with WinUI. It moreover comes with multi-device help (as a lot as 4), which suggests it actually works correctly even when your cellphone should not be linked to the online.
The cleaner app design seems to be impressed by Residence home windows Cellphone’s WhatsApp, nonetheless it is further in line with Microsoft’s WinUI guidelines and the web mannequin of WhatsApp. The model new design consists of an updated header, acrylic affect inside the menu, help for inking, a model new settings menu, and further.
WhatsApp UWP beta has obtained but yet another exchange with help for a model new attribute often called ‘Chat filters’. As a result of the title suggests, this attribute filters your dialog, so you could strain the app to solely current messages from contacts, non-contacts, groups or just unread chats.
As you could perhaps guess, the contacts filter will solely current messages from these which might be in your WhatsApp contact. Likewise, non-contacts will flooring messages from those who often should not on the contact itemizing, and it’s notably useful for enterprise clients. The other two filters – groups and unread – are moreover self-explanatory,
Fb is rolling out the model new Chat filter attribute with WhatsApp Beta 2.2216.4.0, which is the newest mannequin inside the Microsoft Retailer. It’s possible you’ll go to the Microsoft Retailer’s Downloads half and exchange the app to the newest mannequin.
In case you occur to’re not using the UWP app, you could always arrange it from the Microsoft Retailer because it’s an open beta.
Together with chat filters, Fb could be believed to be engaged on reactions for WhatsApp UWP.
This is not a model new thought as the pliability to react was first added to Fb and later Messenger. Like Messenger reactions, the WhatsApp reactions attribute targets to make conversations further vital and fewer cluttered by decreasing emojis despatched inside the chat.