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WhatsApp UWP Beta Appears on Microsoft Store
Developers from Meta (until recently Facebook) are preparing to present a UWP version of the popular WhatsApp messenger for Windows 10 and Windows 11. This is evidenced by the appearance in the Microsoft Store of a beta version of the desktop version of the service client. We are talking about a full-fledged WhatsApp UWP application; with support for handwriting input via a touch screen or stylus, modern design and other features.
Prior to this, the desktop version of WhatsApp relied heavily on the web version of the service and used the Electron platform. In fact, users through the application connected to the web client; and the QR code scanning method was in use for authentication. In the case of a UWP app, users will be able to access chats without connecting to the web version of the service. Also, the application is a full-fledged messenger client without web components, which will certainly affect the messenger’s performance.
It is expected that the UWP version of WhatsApp will not only provide better performance; but also provide better support for sending voice messages and video calls; for which you can use a headset or built-in microphone. The new app will also support backups, notifications, custom chat settings, and more.
At this stage, the developers have made the beta client of WhatsApp available to the general public. We do not know when a stable version of the messenger may appear in the Microsoft Store.