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WhatsApp and Microsoft may be working together on a new Windows app

The app is supposed to work universally on all Windows 10 devices

Santanu Basu 18 June 2018, 12:58 PM
WhatsApp for Windows is one of the very few apps that still receives regular updates

WhatsApp for Windows is one of the very few apps that still receives regular updates Image: Thinkstock

Facebook-owned messenger service WhatsApp,  which has over 300 million active users in the world, is working with software giants Microsoft to make a dedicated new app for desktop. 

WhatsApp already has a web application that lets you access WhatsApp from the browser itself but the features of voice calling or video calling are absent in this feature. The WhatsApp for the Windows phone is one the very few apps which get regular updates till now. It was made for Windows phones in the year 2014. 

As per reports in Windows Central,  Microsoft and WhatsApp are working on a new app for Windows. The earlier app, which released in 2014, does not run on all available Windows platforms since it is not a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app.

Windows Central stated that concept work of the new app by a designer working for Microsoft has already appeared on the Behance website. The designer has been quoted telling Behance, "I have been supporting the team with porting WhatsApp from Silverlight to UWP. We want them to bring their app to Windows 10 desktop and integrate unique Windows 10 features like Ink and Fluent Design. The project had a successful result which led to WhatsApp partnering with Microsoft, and we earned high praise from the WhatsApp team."

According to Windows Central, older Silverlight apps will not be supported on Windows devices. It is said Microsoft is going to start fresh with UWP as their priority. This will also force developers to update their apps regularly.

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