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WhatsApp for Windows Phone

WhatsApp has recently announced that on December 31 "all Windows Phone operating systems" would be abandoned, and the company warns that some features could stop working even earlier.

Windows Phone operating system was launched in October 2010 and then succeeded by Windows 10 mobile in 2015.

They added: "While the app may initially continue to work, you'll likely start encountering major bugs as WhatsApp continues to make changes on its end and Windows phone grows stale".

'Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time'.

In a statement emailed to Gadgets 360, a WhatsApp spokesperson added that the last update for the platform will be issued in June, "Following Microsoft's recent decision to end support for Windows Mobile devices in December, WhatsApp will release its final update for Windows phones in June". This means that in 2020, Windows Phone users will not be able to use WhatsApp on their devices.

WhatsApp on Tuesday updated its mobile device support blog post, and announced that it is ending support for the Windows Phone platform on December 31, 2019.

Smartphones running Android version 2.3.7 and iOS 7 will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp by February 1, 2020.

Microsoft itself recommended users to switch to Android or iOS if they want app support, and now that the latest high-profile apps are leaving too, this becomes a mandatory step.

Microsoft started gutting its phone business in 2016, making thousands of job cuts and the decision to drop the company's mantra "mobile-first, cloud-first".

It's one of the most popular messaging apps around, but some WhatsApp users might have to look for alternatives soon.

Critics have claimed that the apps available on Windows phones pale in comparison to their iOS and Android counterparts.



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