If in the year 2019 you are still using windows phone, now you have got another reason for buying a new iOS or Android smartphone! Recently WhatsApp has announced that they won’t be supporting the phones that are powered by Windows from 31st December 2019.
This WhatsApp statement has been in sync with Microsoft’s decision of ending the support for the Windows 10 Mobile phones in December. Initially this year, Microsoft had said that they will be continuing providing the security and the software updates until the end of 2019 for the mobile platforms. But they had also said that they are not going to release any major version updates.
The Windows 10 Smartphone, version 1709 that was released in October 2017 had been the last release of the Windows 10 Mobile. In one of the blog posts, Whatsapp had said that they are not developing for the operating system of Windows any longer. Whatsapp has also routinely stopped support for the old operating systems.
They have had earlier also ended support for the Nokia Series 40 operating system, Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS. Also, by 1 February 2020, WhatsApp has also announced that they will be ending support for the phones that are working on the Android versions 2.3.7 and older and also iOS 7 and the older versions.
Ending support mainly means that the company is not going to offer any kind of products or security updates for the Whatsapp application and that will be in line with the Lifecycle policies. Some time ago, Microsoft had also recommended the users of Windows 10 for migrating to the Android and iOS devices.
In the meantime WABetainfo has made claims that Whatsapp is working in a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) as well but behind the scenes.