WhatsApp is rolling out a new update for the Windows native app through the official beta channel on the Microsoft Store, bringing the version up to 2.2316.2.0.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing a feature to play voice messages outside of chats on Windows beta, and it is available to some users!
|Name of the feature?||Play voice messages outside of chats|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Windows 2.2316.2.0 is marked as a compatible update.|
|Thanks:||Traiti and rubiokarim, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 220.127.116.11: what’s new? WhatsApp is releasing a feature that allows users to lock chats!|
WhatsApp keeps working on new features for the native Windows application, in order to offer users an increasingly better user experience. The main plan is to introduce all other features that are already available in the Electron version, including those related to voice messages. In fact, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Windows 2.2316.2.0 available on the Microsoft Store, we discovered that a feature to listen to voice messages even outside the chats from which they were played is finally available!
As you can see in this screenshot, you need to play a voice note and open a different chat to check if the feature is enabled for your WhatsApp account. In our opinion, this is a very important feature as it allows users to perform multiple operations simultaneously while listening to a voice message. This is very helpful especially when the user is listening to a very long voice message, thus offering them the possibility to continue sending messages within different conversations while listening to the voice message.
Although this feature appeared in the beta version for the first time, we do not exclude that the release may be wider and that it may have also reached some users on the stable version of the application. If you’re a non-beta user, you can test the procedure above mentioned to discover if the feature is already available for your account.
The ability to play voice messages outside of chats is available for some beta testers that install the latest WhatsApp beta for Windows update available on the Microsoft Store. If you don’t see this update on the Microsoft Store, please note that it will be rolled out to more users over the coming days.
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