Whatsapp for Windows Phone gets numerous bug fixes, orientation lock and other improvements

Whatsapp, the super popular messaging platform, has just received a somewhat important update on Windows Phone.

With earlier leaks already showing us what’s to come, we can’t say there’s anything surprising in the changelog. But users will, no doubt, see every improvement as something to welcome.  The official changelog includes:

  • Voice Messaging improvements
  • Ability to pin chats to start screen
  • New settings: Orientation Lock (WP7) and Text Size
  • Better message forwarding options
  • Bug fixes
  • New Languages

While there's nothing major here, improvements to voice messaging will be very well received, as will the ability to change text size and the screen orientations lock. The latter is only available for Windows Phone 7 devices, but this is only because WP8 devices will receive this feature as part of the GDR3 update. 

All in all we're glad to see Whatsapp hasn't forgotten about Microsoft's platform and here's hoping such regular updates continue to show up. 

Get your updated version of the app here.

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Hello,

Out of curiosity, how many people here would like a "mention" function for groups? Tom, James, and I are in a group. I say "What is your reply @James?" and WhatsApp notifies him a different way? Obviously limits so it doesnt get abused.

Yesterday i was restoring my HTC 8S because i was unable to install app updates - the cache was undeletable, free space reached 1mb barrier and although that i did the backup in Whatsapp, it didn't restore chat history - just created a new, blank backup...

I switched to using LINE because of this. It has an adequate Windows 8 app that I can respond to. I would rather people just used Skype, but it's a battery hog on other phones.

That would be great but I don't think it's possible with WhatsApp because it uses your phone number as an internal username. Maybe they can offer an app that you link to your phone number. You'd receive a confirmation code through the WhatsApp app on your phone and voila, you can receive messages on Windows 8/7/Vista and Mac OS X.

Anaron said,
That would be great but I don't think it's possible with WhatsApp because it uses your phone number as an internal username. Maybe they can offer an app that you link to your phone number. You'd receive a confirmation code through the WhatsApp app on your phone and voila, you can receive messages on Windows 8/7/Vista and Mac OS X.

My iMac is able to start conversations from my mobile number just fine with iMessage. So yeah, it is possible.

Anaron said,
That would be great but I don't think it's possible with WhatsApp because it uses your phone number as an internal username. Maybe they can offer an app that you link to your phone number. You'd receive a confirmation code through the WhatsApp app on your phone and voila, you can receive messages on Windows 8/7/Vista and Mac OS X.

LINE does it fine: you can set up another set of credentials (your email) on your phone app and then use your mail address to login on your computer.

It still sucks at one thing, though: you can only install LINE on one single computer. It's not just that you can't sign in on two computers at the same time: if you have LINE on one computer and install the app on a second one (with the same credentials) you can no longer connect with the first one.

I don't know if this is just me, but lots of polished apps have been coming to Windows Phone, and they all perform really great....except for WhatsApp. The performance of this app still feels like it could be faster. But i'll take what we get.

WhatsApp runs great on my HTC 8S. With each update, the performance gets better. The most recent one added some new animations and the media section seems to load faster now.