WhatsApp Desktop Update Comes to Windows 11

WhatsApp Desktop Update Comes to Windows 11

While 2021 brought the WhatsApp Desktop app to Windows 11 in January with a new look, the beta version will get some unique capabilities. 

Since November, the beta version, which has been accessible on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and Windows 11, has received a new upgrade that includes message reactions and the ability to archive chats indefinitely. 

These are two features that customers have been demanding for a long time, and while they have now arrived in the iOS and Android versions of Windows 11, they have yet to arrive in the Windows 11 version.

However, with video calling in the desktop app and GIFs just arriving after the online version had them for a year, we wonder if there's any reason to use WhatsApp via our web browsers. 

Analysis: Time to Move on From WhatsApp Web

For years, using WhatsApp on the web on a PC or Mac has been the norm. Rather than reaching for your phone, you may instantly respond to messages by opening a tab in your web browser. 

However, there are instances when you may see its limitations, such as missing reactions and video calling.

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On Windows and Mac, the desktop client has already surpassed the web version. Many people will appreciate being able to call their connections through audio or video. While GIFS are already available online, they feel faster and display in better quality than they do on the web browser.

It's gotten to the point where we're making sure the app starts up alongside Steam, Chrome, and other programs when we turn on our computers. 

Users will migrate away from the web version due to the reactions and the means to keep archived chats archived. As far as we're concerned, any strategy to minimize the number of tabs in our web browser is beneficial to make them more manageable.

Is WhatsApp Safe?

WhatsApp, which Mark Zuckerberg of Meta owns, is regarded as a safer messaging platform, with end-to-end encryption being one of its main selling factors. 

WhatsApp was launched in 2009 and became famous after Meta purchased it, formerly Facebook, in 2014. It now has a billion active users and more than five billion downloads. When an app reaches that kind of popularity, it's crucial to consider if it's safe. 

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We polled the stratosphere to find out what security professionals believe about the app and how safe it is to use compared to other texting platforms.

McAfee's Antony Demetriades spoke to Trusted Reviews about how WhatsApp uses end-to-end encrypted communications on everything sent in the app to protect users. 

But keep in mind that WhatsApp provides end-to-end encrypted encryption for all messages exchanged through the app. If you're texting a company, Meta will only share your information.

While the software encrypts conversations, it does not protect them from someone taking and sharing screenshots of them or personal information.

The Benefits and Drawbacks to WhatsApp

Because two billion people use WhatsApp globally, it's for sure that the individuals you want to message already have it. Last year, it made end-to-end encryption a standard feature. 

End-to-end encryption has been available on WhatsApp for a long time, but people only deployed it in 2016. Last year, the business claimed that its cloud chat backups would be end-to-end encrypted. 

End-to-end encryption is available on WhatsApp (although messages to businesses might not be end-to-end encrypted). The Facebook Mothership may receive certain information from the Meta-owned app. Backups are not encrypted by default. Thus users must ensure that their backups are encrypted. Messages are accessible from various devices, which, although convenient, might raise security and privacy concerns.

Demetriades discusses WhatsApp's problems last year, including the backlash it received when it requested users' permission to share data with Facebook and how the Meta applications went down for nearly seven hours in October of last year. 

This year, WhatsApp has seen its fair share of setbacks. From the revelation that the platform would share data with parent firm Meta to the six-hour power outage in October that saw Telegram reach a record 70 million members, there has been a lot going on in the Telegram world.

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Jessica Vieira is ProductReviews's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology.

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