Even as Microsoft and Facebook redefine the boundaries of their future partnerships and development efforts, Facebook-owned WhatsApp continues to treat the Windows Phone platform as a first-class citizen.
The internationally popular messaging app was bought by social media platform king Facebook for $19 billion (US) last February and continues its Windows Phone development efforts. WhatsApp for Windows Phone has been receiving routine bug fixes through incremental updates.
Today, WhatsApp users on Windows Phone are being greeted with an update that packs a lot more than mere bug fixes. The change log for today’s WhatsApp update includes:
- Mark chats as unread or read.
- Added several new emoji. You can also tap and hold on some emoji to choose different color.
- You can select multiple messages in chat and forward or delete them.
- When you receive a contact card, you can now quickly message or save the contact if they’re on WhatsApp.
- Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls.
- You can now enable or disable sound and vibrate for in-app notifications.
- Choose a ringtone for WhatsApp Calls.
The update can be found in the Windows Store today.