The Lumia Updates portal has found very interesting news regarding the Whatsapp desktop app; both in its Windows and macOS versions. The app is in beta, but it is already possible to download it from the Microsoft Store to immediately access all the new features.
The new Universal Windows App (UWP) of Whatsapp has been completely rewritten from scratch; and in its Windows 11 version, it also integrates the renewed Acrylic graphic effects. The application would be extremely fast, with a start-up time of only 1 second; it would also integrate new features such as the drawing function; which allows you to draw on a dedicated panel and send the result as an image, notifications; even when the app is closed and a new one settings menu. As reported by Lumia Updates, the stickers are missing; but they will add it in later versions of the beta and will be present in the final version of the app.
Brand new WhatsApp for Windows is now available for download
As anticipated at the beginning, the new application will also be available for macOS and here too there is no shortage of news. It will be based on Mac Catalyst, which allows you to share the app code between Mac and iPad. This implies that the future version of Whatsapp for macOS should also work on iPad. The two versions of the app would be very similar; with the exception that the one for iPad should have, of course, some optimizations to facilitate use with the touchscreen.
However, if as regards Windows the beta version of the new app is already available on the Store, the situation does not seem so rosy for Apple users: there is no information about the arrival of this new version of Whatsapp on Mac and, moreover, until the macOS version is available, not even the one for iPad will arrive, much awaited by many Apple users.
WhatsApp is allegedly working on the “Communities” feature
In October, members of the XDA Developers community reported for the first time that WhatsApp is likely working on a feature called Communities. Later, this information has been confirmed by the publication WABetaInfo: we are talking about expanding the possibilities of group chats.
Community administrators will have more powers than standard group chats administrators. It will be possible to create your own groups in communities – similar to the structure of channels on Discord servers. In addition, community administrators will be able to invite new users using special links (Community Invite Link). Judging by the screenshots, such a link can be immediately sent to the addressee or converted into a QR code. We do not know whether a user who accepts an invitation using such a link can immediately write to all chats in the community.