WhatsApp launches native app for Windows

WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a brand new app for Windows users. This time, instead of using the old (web-based) Electron technology, the app has been completely rebuilt using native Windows technologies, which should result in better overall performance.

The new WhatsApp for Windows was previously available as a beta application, and now it is finally available for all users. As detailed by WhatsApp in a blog post (Going through The edge), the new application replaces the old WhatsApp Desktop with a new native experience. Since now running natively, the app has become more reliable and faster.

Moreover, the native WhatsApp application has other advantages over its predecessor. For example, users can now send and receive messages even when their phone is offline. The interface has also been redesigned to be cleaner and more consistent with the Windows interface.

Mac users will also get a new WhatsApp app

In the near future, WhatsApp’s macOS app is also expected to get a similar update. Last month, WhatsApp released the first public beta of its new Mac app based on Catalyst technology, which allows developers to easily bring iOS apps to macOS. Instead of using web technologies, the new app is heavily based on WhatsApp for iOS using the system’s native APIs.

Therefore, the new macOS app also runs faster and uses fewer resources, which saves battery life. WhatsApp’s new beta app for macOS also works when the phone is offline, just like WhatsApp for Windows.

Windows users can now download the new WhatsApp app for Windows on the Microsoft Store. It requires a computer running Windows 10 or later. As for the new version of macOS, users interested in getting it before the official release should register for the beta application on TestFlight.

WhatsApp also plans to release an iPad version (and now it’s totally possible with the Catalyst version), but at this point the beta app for iPadOS hasn’t been released yet.

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