WhatsApp Beta (UWP) for Windows 11 gets another major update with support for two new features: comments and a full context menu (right-click menu).
As you probably know, WhatsApp Beta (UWP) is based on the modern principles of Windows 11 and also uses WinUI. Unlike the original desktop app, which is essentially a web wrapper, WhatsApp UWP offers a much better experience and deeper integration with the operating system.
Facebook’s parent company Meta first announced the suite of features coming to the messaging app earlier this year. WhatsApp has recently been updated with emoji responses, faster file transfer limits, and other improvements on Android. Similar improvements are now making their way to the Windows 11 version.
Today’s update introduces emoji reactions, making it easy to respond to messages in a fun and friendly way. This feature is similar to comments we already have in the Facebook Messenger app. However, it is currently limited as you can only express yourself with a few emotions.
For example, you can reply to messages with a surprise thumbs up, heart, laugh, cry and the folded hands emoji. WhatsApp has confirmed that it plans to expand the emotions and also add support for additional skin tones. These new reactions and tones will be available in the future release.
Thankfully, the emoji response feature isn’t the only new addition to the messaging app. Facebook is also improving WhatsApp’s context menu by adding a modern context menu for selecting text in chats.
As you can see in the screenshot above, you can now select texts and do some basic text formatting. For example, you can convert texts to preformatted (which makes it easy to share code), italic, bold, strikethrough, and more.
It is also possible to select text and click options such as Copy, Cut, Paste, Undo and Select.
An official change is not available at the moment, but WhatsApp also seems to be getting the option to add up to 512 people. You can now get this update from the Microsoft Store here.
In addition to the above-mentioned features, WhatsApp UWP has also received several improvements, including support for limited one-time viewing for media shares, better support for dark mode, and more.