What you need to know
- The UWP version of WhatsApp Beta is now available through the Microsoft Store.
- Leakers recently shared images of the WhatsApp Beta UWP app.
- The app supports inking, toast notifications, and WhatsApp's new multi-device functionality that lets you stay connected without your phone being online.
WhatsApp is working on a new app for Windows 11 and Windows 10. Leaks showed of the app earlier this week, and it's now available to download in its beta form through the Microsoft Store. Well-known leaker WalkingCat shared a link to the WhatsApp Beta listing on November 15, 2021.
The new WhatsApp app has a new design that looks a bit more at home on Windows. It supports inking and traditional toast notifications. The WhatsApp Beta app also works with the new multi-device feature for the service. This allows users to stay connected to WhatsApp even when their phones are not connected to the internet. Note that you have to enroll your phone in the multi-device beta to use this feature.
Here's the description of the app from its Microsoft Store listing:
We've downloaded WhatsApp Beta and will run it through its paces to see how it compares to using WhatsApp as a PWA and the older version of WhatsApp from the Microsoft Store.