Published: Sat, May 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

WhatsApp to Turn Off Support For Windows Phones

WhatsApp to Turn Off Support For Windows Phones

WhatsApp Messenger will be ending support on some more mobile platforms to focus efforts on mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.

Microsoft is getting ready to pull support for Windows 10 Mobile later this year, and developers obviously one by one abandon the platform too. WhatsApp in the blog post also warned users that some of the social-messaging app's platform may stop working on Windows devices.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has announced that it will end support for Windows Phone on December 31, 2019.

Because WhatsApp will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.

Apart from Windows phones, in February 2020, you'll no longer be able to use the app on Android versions 2.3.7 and older, or iOS 7 and older. Microsoft said the utility will now use Windows Search, incorporate results from online files stored with OneDrive and make it easier to launch files directly from the search box. WhatsApp is working on a new application that will be coming to UWP (Universal Windows Platform) at some point.

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Windows Phone, a discontinued operating system from Microsoft, has a mere 0.28 percent mobile OS market share, according to Statcounter.

The operating system powered a handful of Nokia Lumia phones such as Lumia 638 and Lumia 540 among others.

By the end of 2018, WhatsApp had already ended support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6. These included Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020, iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020 and Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019. Skype and WhatsApp had also withdrawn their services from phones run on Windows.

UWP apps are developed to run on a variety of Windows 10 devices, which means this version of WhatsApp may be able to run on both Windows desktops and compatible Windows Mobile smartphones.

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