The WhatsApp Desktop app is on its way to Microsoft Store

By: George Finley
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Back in 2016, WhatsApp released its new application for Windows which made it easier to use WhatsApp on the PC through a web wrapper of the WhatsApp Web experience. Later, Facebook started to test the native WhatsApp app for Windows 10 users, and now it will be available for download from the Microsoft Store.

The new WhatsApp Desktop app is in beta

Facebook is now testing the application with just a limited amount of users. If you are included in the desktop app’s beta program, you can now download the app and try it out for yourself. This new application will also be available to the general public in Microsoft Store in the future months.

WhatsApp for Windows 8 and Windows 10

The app for Windows 8 and 10 was released back in 2016 and it was not a UWP because WhatsApp wanted to reach wider audiences. It was well designed and seemed to be based on the WhatsApp Web released in 2015. It was a companion app just like Line and Viber’s PC apps so you could only use it with a phone that was already WhatsApp enabled and only on one computer at a time.

Even in 2016, WhatsApp coming to Windows was a huge step for the messaging giant. Even if some users may not have minded making use of a web app, the addition of a desktop application will undoubtedly enhance the app’s status.

All users who are part of the desktop beta program can head to the Microsoft Store and download their own version of WhatsApp. The approximate download size is about 120.07 M  and you can get the app while you’re signed into your Microsoft account.

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