Your explanations for still using a Windows Phone device in 2019 are narrowing down as the most popular instant messaging platform in the world, WhatsApp, will soon be ending its support for these devices.
In the meantime, the software giant is working on builds from the 20H1 branch, the feature update set to be released a whole year from now.
"Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time", the company wrote.
Separately, the WhatsApp blog notes that the app will stop working on old versions of Android (v2.3.7 and older) and iOS (iOS 7 and older) on February 1, 2020. This is because WhatsApp would no longer be improved on Windows phones.
Windows Phone, a discontinued operating system from Microsoft, has a mere 0.28 percent mobile OS market share, according to Statcounter. "WhatsApp will continue working on Windows phones through the end of the year", said a WhatsApp spokesperson.
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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.
The blog post reads, "About 70 per cent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia". Microsoft has already ended support for all versions of Windows Phone and even asked Windows users to move to Android, iOS and other platforms. Then on January 1, 2020, you will not be able to run WhatsApp on your Windows Phone.
The mobile app had earlier ended support for Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia Series 40 operating system, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10.
The UWP version of WhatsApp will be available for download from the Microsoft Store once it has launched, meaning desktops running Windows 10 S will also support the application. The goal of this platform is to help develop universal apps that run on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Xbox One and HoloLens without the need to be re-written for each.