Currently, WhatsApp for Android is heading to 1.5 billion active users, says company. WhatsApp has been working on improving its apps with the help of a new technical team. For instance, the company has introduced the feature to reduce the notification overload on user’s accounts by automatically muting the group notification alerts which exceed a certain number of members and categorically, could be a large group. This new beta version of the app will improve the existing features that are being worked on by the app. Some of these features include:
Increased group sizes from 256 to 1024 members
Automatically mute all chats containing more than 100 messages
Automatically mute all chats containing more than 1,000 messages
Automatically mute all chats containing more than 10,000 messages
Group features have been gradually being added to WhatsApp from the beginning. Back in September 2010, its founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton integrated the popular Facebook group feature. With the introduction of group video calls, instant messaging had become more interesting for users. Even though group voice calls have been available for quite some time, users had to make new group contacts and invite them to be a part of group voice calls.
This is the only WhatsApp group feature that has been available until this point. Another interesting feature that WhatsApp was rolling out over this period was WhatsApp profiles. With WhatsApp profiles, users could create a standalone WhatsApp profile which could be used to join other people’s group chats, post status updates, send and receive group messages, and more. Unfortunately, the exact same profile could not be used to send other apps the messages. This feature has been kept hidden for two years, and was only released for Android users on April 14, 2018.
In addition to the above, MSE will offer the following security enhancements:
Real time protection: The new antivirus engine is based on signature-less technology, but is said to be highly optimized.
Sandbox protection: Windows Security Essentials includes the Heap Protection feature, which allows it to quarantine the memory of any process or program that shows suspicious activity.
Behavior monitoring: Microsoft Security Essentials will monitor changes made by applications and changes made by hackers and show problems.
Protection from phishing: MSE will use a dual-level system to detect phishing attacks, be they email and web-based.
Updates: Microsoft Security Essentials will be updated regularly for new malware, and the protection it offers will be updated daily.
The beta version of MSE comes as a download utility for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003 and 2008, but not for Windows ME, 2000 and Windows 2000. It seems Microsoft is serious about not having a security product for those operating systems (unless of course they want to sell them an add-on). 827ec27edc