- WhatsApp will end support for all Windows OS based smartphones.
- WhatsApp will stop rolling out updates to Windows phones from December 31, 2019.
- WhatsApp is working on Universal Windows Platform.
The world today is divided into two halves – one comprising of the people who use Android smartphones and the other comprising of the ones who use iPhones. But there are some people who still use Windows OS based smartphones. If you happen to use a Windows phone, we have some bad news for you. WhatsApp has announced that the company would be ending support for Windows phones later this year.
The Facebook-owned social messaging app in a blog post said that it would end support for all smartphones running on Windows operating system starting December 31, 2019. “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post.
This means starting January 1, 2020, the company would stop rolling out security updates and new features for all Windows phones. So if you were hoping to use the dark mode on WhatsApp’s Windows based platform, brace yourselves as you might not get to use that feature on your Windows smartphone ever.
Notably, the app’s announcement is in line with an annoucement made by Microsoft earlier this year regarding the end of support for all Windows 10 mobile device. “As of December 10, 2019, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free,” Microsoft wrote in the FAQ section of Windows 10 Mobile End of Support.
Universal Windows Platform
Meanwhile, WABetaInfo, the blog that tracks developments in WhatsApp, has reported that WhatsApp is working on Universal Windows Platform (UWP). This means that the company would roll out a separate app for Windows Mobile and Desktop platforms. “Today I can OFFICIALLY confirm that WhatsApp is working on UWP! It’s real,” the blog tweeted. If WhatsApp indeed is planning to roll out UWP, it would effectively nullify the end of support for Windows phones. Having said that, it is important to take this update with a pinch of salt as the company hasn’t officially confirmed the details regarding the UWP yet.
WhatsApp Payments gets a home
Separately, WhatsApp has picked London as its hub to work on WhatsApp Payments – a feature that the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talked about in his opening keynote during the F8 2019 last week. According to a report by The Financial Times, the social messaging app that employs 400 people globally, would hire 100 people – mostly software engineers — to work in London. The company would also hire additional operations staff in Dublin.
“We’re eager to work with some of the best technical and operational experts in both London and Dublin to take WhatsApp into its second decade,” WhatsApp CEO Matthew Idema told the publication.