WhatsApp abandons Windows Phone to pave way for Android and iOS development

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WhatsApp has ended support for all Windows phones. If you are currently working with Windows Phone such as Lumia 1320, you should immediately switch over to Android and iOS smartphones. You can also switch over to another messaging app on Windows. However, companies offering identical apps for Windows phones are negligible.

The Facebook-owned company has ended support for Windows phones with effect from December 31, 2019. Even though WhatsApp has ended support for Windows phones, you can still prefer to work with the app without any future updates.

According to WhatsApp, Windows phones don’t provide the required capabilities for the company to integrate new trending features. The features included with the Android version might not be easy to implement in Windows phones. The company added that ending support for Windows phones was a tough decision but it will help customers to keep in touch with their family and friends.

The decision to terminate support for Windows mobile devices will not affect consumers since they mainly make use of Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has ended the development of Windows 10 Phone and people have already migrated to Android and iOS devices.

In a statement released to the press, Microsoft disclosed that technology hs rapidly evolved and 99% of people are currently working with Android and iOS devices. Moreover, there are people who still use feature phones. Microsoft has already developed compatible mobile apps of their products for Android and iOS devices. Hence, you should not feel isolated while working with Android smartphones since you can leverage most of the functionalities offered by Windows 10 Mobile on Android.

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That being said, WhatsApp will not work on select Android and iPhones after February 1, 2020. If you work with iOS 7 or older versions, the WhatsApp will not work. The messaging platform will also stop working on Android smartphones running WhatsApp version 2.3.7 and older. To recall, the company had discontinued WhatsApp for older devices such as Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 and among others.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com