Social messaging application WhatsApp will stop supporting phones running on the Windows mobile operating system from 31 December 2019.
An FAQ section on the instant messaging app’s website stated, ‘You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019”.
Further, the company said the WhatsApp application had been removed from the Microsoft Store since July 1, 2019, according to reports by the Economic Times of India.
According to the FAQ page, some WhatsApp features may stop functioning at any time on Windows phone as WhatsApp no longer actively develop for these operating systems.
WhatsApp is also ending support for old versions of both Android and iOS operating systems.
The deadline for Apple iPhone users with iOS 8 and Android devices with version 2.3.7 is February 1, 2020. Post this, WhatsApp will end support on these devices. Smartphone users with iOS 8 or previous and Android 2.3.7 or before the operating system can no longer create new accounts. They can neither re-verify their existing accounts. WhatsApp says that the move is essential to ensure the security of its users.
Meanwhile, the company is planning to introduce the ‘disappearing messages’ feature also known as ‘delete messages in the coming year 2020.
As reported by WABeta Info, the website that tracks upcoming changes in WhatsApp, the ‘delete messages’ feature will be a “cleaning tool” for group chats.
“In the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.348 update, we’ve noticed some changes for the feature that WhatsApp is working on new time options and the feature renamed to Delete messages (available in future).
Even though previous traces of the ‘delete messages’ feature were spotted in Group Chats, the feature has always been expected to reach individual chats as well,” said the report.