WhatsApp announced that a new desktop app for Windows is now available: it loads faster and allows group video calls with up to 8 people and audio calls with up to 32 people. The app also offers end-to-end encryption for messaging, media, and calls across devices, with improved syncing and new features.
|Name of the feature?||WhatsApp Desktop – faster speeds and improved calling|
|Compatibility?||Latest version of WhatsApp for Windows is marked as a compatible update.|
|Thanks:||Traiti and AKtech6G, for testing and reporting!|
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|Previous news?||WhatsApp launches official chat on iOS and Android to provide users with tips and tricks!|
In November 2021, we announced that WhatsApp was releasing a beta version of their new native application for Windows. The new app offers enhanced experience by improving stability as less resources are used and it is no longer an application that uses the Electron framework. Today, the app now is official as it has been announced on various channels, including a blog post on their official website and through the Meta channel on Instagram managed by Mark Zuckerberg:
WhatsApp announced a faster loading time and an interface that resembles the mobile version of the app. As you can see in this screenshot, the app now supports group video calls with up to 8 people and audio calls with up to 32 people. Note that WhatsApp plans to raise these limits in the future in order to make it easier for users to experience better communication among friends, family, and colleagues.
The native desktop app for Windows also provides fully end-to-end encrypted messaging across various devices, including mobile phones, computers, tablets, and more: this ensures that all personal messages, media, and calls always remain end-to-end encrypted across all devices.
Recently, we have seen several improvements to desktop apps since the introduction of new multi-device capabilities, such as faster device linking, better syncing across devices, and the addition of new features like link previews and stickers. Note that WhatsApp has also recently launched a beta version compatible with Android tablets and another native app for Mac desktops, built by using Mac Catalyst. WhatsApp finally announced that there are plans to expand their service to more devices in the future.
As always, you can get the WhatsApp Desktop app for Windows from the Microsoft Store.
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