Images and videos of a new WhatsApp app for Windows 11 and 10 users have leaked online, displaying a completely new UI and some new functionality. Aggiornamenti Lumia provided the information, which has frequently exposed several Windows programs and features before of official announcements.
Anyone who currently uses WhatsApp on a computer understands that the experience isn’t great. While there is a Microsoft Store app available, it is mostly based on the web version of WhatsApp. It makes use of Electron to bring web features to a more traditional app style, although the performance isn’t great.
This new version of WhatsApp appears to be built on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), utilizing the XAML UI language to blend in with native Windows apps. It also starts up quickly, albeit the prototype we saw only showed one chat in the chat list, which could change.
The new WhatsApp app will be available for both Windows 11 and Windows 10, and the UI appears to have been created for the previous Windows version. Sharp edges are still used in some parts, such as the search box and chat bubbles, despite the fact that Windows 11 has mainly moved away from them.
Some Windows 11 features, like as the new Mica material, which allows the desktop background to shine through somewhat inside the app, are now available. More adjustments to adapt to Windows 11 could come later or before the official launch. Based on the screenshots released by Aggiornamenti Lumia, the new software appears to offer audio and video chats in addition to messaging. There’s also a sketching option, which allows Windows Ink enthusiasts to create an image and share it directly from WhatsApp. Because UWP apps can always sync in the background, receiving notifications even when the app isn’t active is a new feature for this app.
Finally, the new app appears to feature a number of settings similar to those seen in the mobile apps. You can manage your chats, notifications, and storage, which includes settings for automatically downloading media like photos, videos, and documents. You can also manage your privacy settings, such as who can see when you were last online or your profile picture.
WABetaInfo, a well-known source for WhatsApp leaks, first hinted a UWP version of WhatsApp over two years ago. It’s taken a long time for anything to happen, and we still don’t know when this new version will be released. It’s encouraging to see that it’s building up to be a strong release.
We’re hoping for official word as soon as possible.