WhatsApp, the instant messaging and voice-over-IP service owned by Meta Platforms in recent times has been adding new features to its platform both to the web and its mobile platform such as the WhatsApp web built-in sticker feature, disappearing messages, an updated look, and more, users had been wondering what else could be coming from the company.
They didn’t have long to wait, as the anticipated native Whatsapp beta version platform for Windows 11 (and Windows 10) is now available on the Microsoft Store. Now, Windows users can download a new dedicated WhatsApp desktop platform based on Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which fits seamlessly among the landscape of Windows 11’s apps. According to XDA Developers, the desktop app uses Electron, a framework that brings web technologies to traditional app formats.
How to get the new WhatsApp desktop app
If you want to explore the new Whatsapp desktop app for yourself, here’s how to get started.
Navigate to the Whatsapp Beta app in the Microsoft Store by clicking here
Check out the System Requirements to see if your PC meets the prerequisites for downloading the app (you’ll need Windows 10 version 18362.0 or higher)
Click on “Get.” A small window will appear prompting you to open the Microsoft Store
Then click on “Open the Microsoft Store.”
A new window titled “Microsoft Store Preview” will pop-up.
Click on “Get” under WhatsApp Beta. This will launch the download, which should only take a few minutes
It could be very helpful if you use WhatsApp more than others, saving you to use your smartphones especially if you are working on your desktop and instead replying to a message through your laptop.
There’s plenty of apps coming to the Microsoft Store, and that’s not forgetting about Android apps coming to it soon thanks to Amazon
You can try it right now and decide whether you’ll prefer to use WhatsApp on your laptop or tablet device instead. But so far the app has earned a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars and is also built with a lot of features that you most likely use on your smartphone each day anyway, so you may prefer to keep using the app.