WhatsApp has been working on a new XAML based desktop app
for Windows 11 and Windows 10. The app showed up on the
Microsoft Store in early November and it is now officially
available for beta testing, with a new update rolling out today
via the app store.
WhatsApp UWP is still in the beta stage and it can be
downloaded from the Microsoft Store on both Windows 11 and
Windows 10. It is believed that the new desktop app is based on
XAML and WinUI, and Facebook ditched Electron-based web
components for better performance.
In terms of performance, this new WhatsApp experience is better
than the WhatsApp web and its design is quite similar to the
Windows Phone app and WhatsApp web. As mentioned above,
WhatsApp UWP beta is still in the early stage of development,
so you won’t find any advanced features like support for
To install the new WhatsApp, head to this link of the
Microsoft Store. Simply click on the “Download” button, but
make sure you have the latest build of Windows 10 and Windows
It’s also worth noting that you can run WhatsApp Beta UWP
alongside WhatsApp desktop or web app.
New features of WhatsApp UWP
WhatsApp UWP uses the modern visual updates available in
Windows 10 and Windows 11 as part of the WinUI. For example,
WhatsApp UWP uses rounded corners, but this is available as now
part of the new operating system only. Additionally, it looks
like the Mica-like transparency effect is also visible in
On Windows 10, you will notice acrylic transparency in
WhatsApp, which enables a more native experience and it also
aligns the interface with the modern design improvements
updates available in Windows 11.
Meta is also working on support for Windows inking. To use the
inking feature, simply click on the attachment button and click
on “inking”. This is an excellent tool for those using
touchscreen, but it will also work with a mouse or touchpad.
Unsurprisingly, WhatsApp UWP Beta includes support for
traditional toast notifications and as well as Windows 10 or
Windows 11’s Focus Assist.