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Back in March, WhatsApp developers offered users an option to italicize, bold and strikethrough text in their messages. Today, WhatsApp is offering a new font called FixedSys in its Beta version.

Roughly five months ago, users of the popular app were eager about the ability to format text. In order to bold their text, they had to place asterisks at the front and back of the word or phrase. In order for the text to be italicized, an underscore had to be placed at the front and back of the word or phrase. And, for strikethrough text to occur, tildes had to put in the front and back of the text.

FixedSys is the latest font to be offered in WhatsApp, and because there were no rumors about it, users were surprised to see it offered in the latest version WhatsApp 2.16.179. WhatsApp will delay in new releases for a more stable version until all the bugs are dealt with and there are no issues with the applications with the introduction of these latest features.

For users to use the FixedSys font, they will need to add “` before and after their text. The font will cause the text to look stretched, and the letters will have spaces between them. With fonts in text messages, it breaks up the monotony that tends to occur.

Users must become a beta tester before they can download the latest file from the Google Play Store. By year’s end, Android 2.1, 2.2.x, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60 and Windows Phone 7.1 will not benefit from the latest changes.