WhatsApp today announced a new Windows client with performance improvements and better calling features. The new version also supports multi-device syncing, so you can use WhatsApp even when your phone is turned off.
Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Instagram channel about the announcement that the new Windows app will enable end-to-end encrypted group conversations.
The renewed WhatsApp for Windows supports video calls with up to 8 people and audio calls with up to 32 people. The mobile app also allows for group calls with similar limits. The company said it will increase the number of people allowed in a group call in the future. This makes it easier if you want to have a group conversation on your desktop.
WhatsApp has been focusing on improving the big screen experience ever since it announced multi-device linking – an ability to use one account on multiple devices.
In June, the company introduced a new Mac client in public beta with performance enhancements for Apple Silicone-based systems. Meta’s messaging service is also testing a new version optimized for Android tablets.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp also announced two new group-related features. The former allows admins to search all requests to join the group under the “Pending Participants” section. The second lets you see shared groups in search results when you search for a name. Previously, you had to go to a contact’s profile to look at common groups.