WhatsApp is one of the few companies that are still committed to Windows Phone, and the Facebook-owned company is today rolling out a new update to its app on Microsoft’s mobile platform. Today’s update is quite a big deal as it introduces the highly-anticipated group features and other improvements.
The latest update for WhatsApp protects users from getting added to groups if they’ve left. It also introduces group description option where you can set the guidelines and other topics for the group. WhatsApp will also show the description of the group to new members at the top of the chat, just like how it displays notification about message encryption.
Facebook has added another new feature to WhatsApp on Windows Phone which allows users to catch up with the messages that mentioned you at a time when you were away from the group chat. The admins can finally remove admin permissions of other group participants, and you’ll be also able to find anyone in a group by searching.
On the other hand, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is getting the group calling feature on iOS and it will be coming to Windows Phones real soon. Facebook had announced that WhatsApp will receive the group calling feature soon, and while the official roll out hasn’t begun yet, it will happen in the coming days.
At the time of writing this story, WhatsApp has picked a segment of iOS users to test group video calling. It’s likely that the app will be soon updated on Windows Phone to support this feature.
While Microsoft Store is still struggling, but slowly more and more developers are now looking into Windows 10 simply because the company has improved the app platform in the past few months. Microsoft has been also trying to attract and convince developers.
At Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft announced that the share of app revenue will be increased to 95% from 70%. The new revenue model would become available later this year, the company said. Needless to say, it’s one of the easiest ways to increase developers interest in Microsoft Store.