Starting December 31, WhatsApp will stop working on your smartphone with Windows Phone 8.0, BlackBerry OS and older operating systems, as the company announced in mid-2017. Earlier this year, WhatsApp also ended support for its Windows Phone 7 application as the company wanted to focus on latest versions of Windows 10 Mobile, Android and iOS.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp apparently wants to concentrate only on the most-used platforms out there. The company is not giving up on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile platform anytime soon, despite its rather small market share.
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use,” the company said last year. By end of 2017, the company will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms: BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older.
While on the other hand, WhatsApp will be supported on Android version 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp recommends Windows Phone 8.0 users to upgrade to the supported mobile platform for the best experience. It’s worth noting that WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile is being updated on regular basis with new features improvements.