WhatsApp hasn’t given up on Microsoft’s app store and Meta
(previously Facebook) is working on a new project for Windows
11 and Windows 10 behind its closed doors. The company is
apparently working on a new UWP or modern native app for
Windows 11 and Windows 10, and screenshots are doing rounds on
For those unaware, WhatsApp was one of the few apps that was
frequently updated on Windows 10 Mobile even when Microsoft
announced the end of support for the operating system.
Unfortunately, old WhatsApp was based on Silverlight, which
means it wasn’t a Universal Windows Platform app (UWP,) and it
couldn’t run across all the different Windows 10 platforms.
Three years later, WhatsApp is actually working on a UWP app
for the desktop operating system.
Currently, WhatsApp’s desktop app in the Microsoft Store is
largely based on the web (web.whatsapp.com) version of WhatsApp
and it uses the Electron framework. The current app connects to
WhatsApp and provides users access to the WhatsApp web
interface, and users need to authenticate the connection by
scanning a QR code.
UWP-based WhatsApp would technically mean that Windows
desktop users will be provided with access to WhatsApp chats
without connecting to the web version. Also, this is a
full-fledged UWP client, written from scratch and it’s not
based on web components. In other words, this new WhatsApp
desktop client won’t be a web wrapper.
WhatsApp UWP app for Windows 11/10
As we mentioned at the outset, the WhatsApp desktop app offers
a choppy experience and it is slower than the native app
available on Android or IOS. This new WhatsApp client is based
on UWP and Meta/Facebook is apparently using the XAML UI
language to match the look and feel of Windows 11 or 10 apps.
It is also going to be faster and it would show chats in the
chat list, similar to the WhatsApp web.
Anyone using the WhatsApp desktop app has been limited to
text-based messages and voice calls with some limitations. On
the other hand, the UWP client is expected to introduce better
support for both voice and video calls that can be placed using
Interestingly, it looks like WhatsApp is working closely with
Microsoft to enable Windows Ink integration. As you can see in
the above screenshot, WhatsApp is going to include a new
drawing feature, which is set to help users annotate images and
then upload them directly to the chat.
WhatsApp UWP will support backup, native notifications, options
to customize chat, and more.
WhatsApp UWP will be offered via the new
Microsoft Store which is now also available on Windows 10.