On Thursday, in a blog post a spokesperson wrote that WhatsApp has announced that Windows Phones users won’t be able to use the instant messaging app on their devices. And they will not be able to use this app from 1 January, 2020. Thus, in around six or seven months time Whatsapp will stop working on these phones.
Earlier the mobile app had ended support for Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia Series 40 operating system, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. Back at the end of 2016, Whats App discontinued support for Windows Phone 7, described in the post that it will stop working on old versions of Android (v2.3.7 and older) and iOS (iOS 7 and older) on February 1, 2020, as well. It was written that,
‘You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019.Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.’
Thus, we can say that the company will not offer any product or security updates for the WhatsApp messenger app, in-line with its Life cycle policy. The statement is may advising people to buy iOS or Android devices, as it states the Microsoft’s decision to end support for the software from December the same year. In October 2010, Windows Phone operating system was launched and then succeeded by Windows 10 mobile in 2015.
Microsoft back then in 2017 announced that due to lack of market penetration and dearth of interest from app developers work on Windows 10 Mobile was drawing to a close. Starting December 10th, 2019 this app will stop supporting Windows 10 Mobile, previously referred to as Windows Phones.
On the other hand, WABetainfo has claimed that behind the scenes WhatsApp is working on Universal Windows Platform (UWP). WhatsApp messenger will allowed by this platform to work across all Windows 10 devices, including Xbox One and its other mobile devices.
A fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early which is the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app is under development and it will be possibly available for both Windows Desktop and Windows Phone platforms, according to WABetaInfo.